Indian Lemon Rice with Mustard Seeds


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A delicious and different way to prepare Indian rice. This is a fresh and tasty recipe packed with flavour. It’s easy to prepare and is especially good if you have any leftover rice from another curry fest.


1 cup raw basmati rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1/2 cup raw peanuts (skinned)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove (minced)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
16 fresh curry leaves
2 green chillies (thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For guaranteed results, I have found that cooking rice as you would (should) cook pasta gives excellent results. Fill a large pan with hot water and bring to a rolling boil. Add the rice and then cook until tender but not too soft. Drain into a large seive and leave to cool completely, shaking occasionally.

Now, in a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil over a medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds and cover the pan. After about 30 seconds when all is silent add the peanuts and stir fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Now reduce the heat and quickly add the ginger, sugar, garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper, curry leaves, chillies, salt, rice and lemon juice. Add a couple of tablespoons of water and stir well. Stir for about 5 minutes to ensure all the flavours are blended before serving.

Great with delicate currys, especially my delicious Sri Lankan Fish Curry. Also works incredibly well cold as a salad type thing.

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