Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker (for IP method)
2cupsRice(Cooked with 2 cups of rice grains)
2½teaspoonsSalt (or as per taste)
¼cupLemon / Lime Juice
6countFresh Green Chillies (slit length wise)
Ingredients for Tempering:
1½teaspoonUrad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram
1teaspoonMustard seeds / Aavalu
1½teaspoonChana dal / Split Yellow gram dal
½teaspoonJeera / Cumin Seeds
1teaspoonSesame Seeds / Til
4countDry Red Chillies
½teaspoonHing / Inguva / Asafoetida
3tablespoonsGround Nuts / Peanuts / Palli
PREP WORK (common for both methods):
Get the Rice cooked and keep it ready. Here is my detailed post about cooking perfect Basmati rice >> How to cook rice perfectly (Instant Pot, Stove top)If the rice is just cooked, spread it on a plate for at least 5 mins, to make it warm & reduce the wetness. So that the lemon rice wouldn’t turn sticky.If you are using already cooked & cold rice, skip the above step.
STOVE TOP METHOD LEMON RICE:
Put a sauce pan / frying pan on stove top under medium flame. Add oil & let it heat.Immeditaley add all the items under 'Ingredients for tempering' and turmeric powder.Saute them until the pulses turn light brown.
Into the same pan, add the slit green chillies and curry leaves. Give a stir.
Transfer the cooked rice into the pan, gently mix up everything. Now, switch the stove off, add the salt & lemon juice. Give a thorough mix.
Transfer the lemon rice / nimmakaya pulihora, into a serving dish. Done!
INSTANT POT METHOD LEMON RICE:
Switch the Gadget ON, set to SAUTE mode, for 5 mins.Add Oil & let it heat. Immediately add all the 'Ingredients for temering', saute them by stirring continuously.
Select the CANCEL button, transfer all of the tempering into a separate plate.
Optional step to cook rice:In the same pot, transfer the soaked rice (drain the soaked water) into the pot. Add fresh water (1 rice:1¼ water ratio) as per measurement. Close the lid, set the VALVE to SEALING, mode to PRESSURE COOK, under LOW PRESSURE for 5 mins.
Later release the pressure naturally only (NPR). Transfer all the 'tempering' into the pot. Into the Instant pot add>>> the turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice and remaining slit green chillies, curry leaves.If you are using already cooked cold rice, continue with SAUTE mode until the rice warms up.
Gently mix up everything. Switch the gadget OFF. Transfer into a serving dish. Done!!
Please see the MAIN POST for recipe with step wise PICS & TIPS!
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