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Lemon Rice

This is my lovely mom's recipe for Lemon Rice. She still makes it for road trips and pairs it with my spice mix Spicy Chicken Marinade (easy baked chicken marinated in yogurt and spices that packs a of flavor). It's a dish that can be eaten lukewarm and still retains a lot of delicious flavor. This dish has a nutty crunchy texture due to the use of Urad Dhal  (split black lentils that are skinned to expose their creamy white interior) in the rice. You probably could skip using Urad Dhal, however the crunchy texture and taste of Urad Dhal elevates this easy dish to a whole new level of deliciousness!! It's a great way to white rice. I like to eat this pairing with my Potato and Egg Fry spice mix (Egg Optional) because it adds to the overall heartiness of the dish. It's meat and style!
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Ingredients

2-3 cups cooked white rice, (usually use basmati rice - leftover rice works great!)

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp Mustard Seed

1 whole dried red chilli

1 tsp turmeric

1 Tbsp Urad Dhal (split black lentils that are white in color, usually bought at your local Indian grocery store)

¼ cup lemon juice (preferably from fresh lemons)

¼ tsp Salt

Make a mixture of lemon juice and salt ahead of time and set aside. The salt makes the lemon juice slightly sweet. 

Recipe

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat for about 1 minute.
  2. Saute mustard seeds and dried red chilli till seeds start to sputter and red chilli turns a darker color.
  3. Turn heat down to medium low, add Urad Dhal. Stir Urad dhal continually till it turns a light caramel brown (about 30 seconds -1 minute). Urad Dhal burns make sure to watch  
  4. Add turmeric and mix well (~30 seconds) with contents of
  5. Add in cooked rice and mix well till all the white rice is coated with a yellow color from turmeric.
  6. Turn off add lemon juice and salt mixture and mix well. If more lemony taste is desired, squeeze extra lemon juice on rice to taste. 

Enjoy!!


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Wow. This was amazing!

I bought a few items at the Pittsburgh Home Show and finally used made this.. It was truly.superb. Better than any restaurant! Can't wait to try more. (and it looks exactly like the picture)

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for your AWESOME review! I'm SO delighted that you loved my Grandma's Spicy Chicken Curry seasoning kit and that it met your expectations. I will let my mom know that you loved her recipe. I'm sure she will be thrilled. Thank you SO much! Cheers Priya

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What a fantastic way to bring Indian Cuisine into my home. Priya, your Tikka Masala Seasoning packets leave me speechless! Thank you so much for taking the step to open this business offering these amazing tastes into everyone's home. Kept me going back for 2nd and 3rd helpings! Very dangerous for singles households. Once my four kits are all gone, I will absolutely be ordering four more! Thanks 10 times more! - Fred

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I absolutely loved your review. My family got a good chuckle out of it because we could relate to going back for 2nds and 3rd helpings of chicken tikka masala. I am so glad our seasonings brought you joy with this dish. Thank YOU for your awesome review. Cheers Priya

A fabulous dish!

I saw Priya profiled in a newspaper article and decided to try her recipe. It was wonderful - scrumptious flavors and very easy to follow. It makes a lot of sauce that can be used with other proteins and veggies - a dish that keeps on giving! So glad I gave it a try.

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Husband loved it!

I was taken by your ad that said I could adjust the spice level. I bought the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Butter Chicken mixes. I made the Tikka Masala for my husband, who cannot tolerate much heat, and made it without adding any jalapeño. He LOVED it. After dinner he came in and asked for a small bowl of rice with the sauce on it. He asked me to order more immediately! Thank you for making this spice mix so easily adaptable for people like my husband, who can’t enjoy spicy hot foods, but love the flavors of this dish. I think we are about to be regular customers! (PS—I enjoyed it as well!)

Hi Evelyn,
Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful review. Oh my gosh!! I’m absolutely thrilled that your husband enjoyed the chicken tikka masala and that you did too.
It takes me 3-4 months to perfect a recipe and customize the spicy heat. So it’s fulfilling to know that I was able to help you make Indian food that you both loved.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It means a lot to me and my business.

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I read about this company in my local paper and was super excited to order some of the spice kits for my daughter’s birthday. She LOVES Indian food and makes it occasionally, but because the spice preparation can be daunting and ordering spices online can result in pounds of something you may not use in your lifetime, my daughter did not make her own very often. What a brilliant idea to sell spice packets for those of us who don’t want to buy a ton of exotic spices but want to cook our own Indian food! Oh - and the gift decoration was gorgeous. Very personal service. Highly recommend!

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