Little Millet Lemon Rice (Samai Lemon Rice)
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.
Measuring 1 cup = 250 ml
- ½ cup Little millet(samai) uncooked
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 2 green chilles finely chopped
- few curry leaves
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoon peanuts(groundnut)
- ½ teaspoon mustard seed
- 1 teaspoon urad dal
- ¼ teaspoon jeera(cumin)
- a pinch hing (asafetida)
- 1 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
- juice of half lemon
- 2 tablespoon oil
- salt as per taste
Pressure Cooker Method:Wash little millet throughly 2-3 times and add 1 cup of water for ½ 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.
How to make Little Millet Lemon Rice
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 don't have a pressure cooker, then in an open pot add 1.5 cups of water bring water to boil, and add ½ cup of little millet. Close the 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.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 3.5mg | Potassium: 108mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.2mg