Lime rice is made with lime fruit which belongs to the citrus family. It is a good substitute for a full meal and also is an ideal dish to be packed for long journeys or taken along by school kids and office goers for lunch.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Rice: 1 1/2 cup preferably raw rice
Dry red chillies: 3
Bengal gram dhal( kadalai paruppu): 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida: Just a pinch
Mustard: 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/4 teaspoon
Oil: 2 tablespoons, preferably gingelly oil (sesame oil)
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Cook the rice in a rice cooker or pressure cooker, adding sufficient water. Care should be taken to see that the rice is not overcooked. Cool it in a wide vessel.
Soak bengal gram dhal in water for 15 minutes.
Squeeze the lime and remove seeds and keep aside. Break the red chillies into pieces.
Heat a skillet with oil. Add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. When it starts to splutter, add the bengal gram dhal, dry red chilli, curry leaves and turmeric powder. Pour this into the lime juice and add salt. Pour the mixture over the cooked rice and mix thoroughly.