Lemon rice is a simple rice preparation which has an amazing taste as it is spiced up with curry leaves, turmeric, chillies and mustard seeds. Fresh Lemon juice makes it slightly tangy which further enhances its taste and gives it a distinctive flavor. It is perfect for office lunch boxes and picnics. In this recipe, I have replaced rice with Little millet (samai).
Millet are the best replacement for rice, they taste like rice and they cook like rice. They just are smaller in size, more like broken rice.
| Little Millet in English |Samai in tamil| Kutki in Hindi|Saame Akki in kannada|Chama in malayalam| Sama in telugu, is a very healthy variety of millet.Millets are Ancient Grains. Mankind has known their nutrition value for centuries. They are naturally gluten – free. Low on carbs and high on fiber. They get digested slowly giving sustained energy. Millets are ideal for diabetics looking for an alternative grain to rice. They also help increase the bio-availability of minerals and have strong antioxidant properties. Regular consumption helps in decreasing triglycerides and C-reactive protein.
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South Indian style lemon rice made with little millets. Little millets or Samai are cooked and tossed in a tempering of mustard seeds, lentils, curry leaves, turmeric.
- 1/2 cup Little millet(samai) uncooked
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 green chilles finely chopped
- few curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp peanuts(groundnut)
- 1/2 tsp mustard seed
- 1 tsp urad dal
- 1/4 tsp jeera(cumin)
- a pinch hing (asafetida)
- 1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
- juice of half lemon
- 2 tbsp oil
- salt, as per taste
Pressure Cooker Method:Wash little millet throughly 2-3 times and add 1 cup of water for 1/2 cup of little millet/samai and pressure cook for 1 whistle.Let the pressure/steam release naturally.
Once cooled fluff it up nicely with a fork, so there are no lumps and the grains stay separate.
In a kadai ,add oil once its hot ,add in the peanuts and fry them until they turn slight golden brown.
Secondly add mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, hing,green chilles ,curry leaves and fry 30 secs till dal turn golden brown.
Then add turmeric powder and onion . Saute for a minute or two till the onion turns slight brown in color.
Turn off the flame and add cooled millets, salt and squeeze the juice of half lemon.Mix everything well.
Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve hot with papad or pickle.
1.You can make this recipe without onions too.
2.If you dont have pressure cooker, then in a open pot add 1.5 cups of water bring water to boil and add 1/2 cup of little millet.Close lid and cook on medium flame till all water is absorbed. It should be slightly soggy.Once cooled fluff it up nicely with a fork, so there are no lumps and the grains stay separate.
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