Lemon Rice -pulihora


This recipe is a riff on a traditional Indian recipe from Southern India. The name Pulihora, translates to Sour Rice in Telegu. I love to add a touch of basil, which adds an unusual and sprightly hint of flavor that pairs well with the floral tartness of lemon. The flavor of this dish improves considerably after resting and tastes better served warm rather than hot.

What you will need

1 cup short grained rice (such as the Indian Ponni rice)

3 cups water

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/8 teaspoon asafetida

1 teaspoon yellow split lentils (called chana dal)

10-12 curry leaves (sold in Indian grocery stores)

2 teaspoons fresly grated ginger

4 dry red chilies

3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

2 lemons, halved and seeded

2 green serrano chilies, minced

1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon finely chopped basil


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