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Blogging Marathon# 27: Week 1/ Day 3

Theme: Occasions – Birthday

Dish: (Meyer) Lemon Pulihora

Pulihora is the first dish that is made for any occasion in Andhra Pradesh. Be it a simple birthday celebration at home or a big fancy sit-down meal for a wedding, pulihoras in different avatars make their appearance. There are 2 types of pulihoras: lemon pulihora – this is the quickest and I usually make it when I don’t have too much time, but still want to make something festive for an occasion. The second variety is made with tamarind — this needs some time to prepare and to let the flavors mingle with each other, but is the tastiest among the two. 

I used meyer lemons instead of regular lemons in today’s dish. Meyer lemons are fruitier and have a slightly sweeter taste. Their skin is also not as thick as regular lemons.

Lemon rice is super simple to make and usual flavor additions are lemon juice (of course) and ginger. Today’s recipe is from Chandra Padmanabhan’s Dakshin cookbook. To add a little more flavor to good old lemon rice, a spice powder is added right before turning off the heat. This dish can most definitely be made with regular lemons.
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Meyer Lemon Pulihora (Meyer Lemon Rice) Yum
Meyer Lemon Pulihora (Meyer Lemon Rice)
Course main course
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice (I use sona masoori rice)
  • ¼ cup Lemon juice
  • 2 Chilies Green - slit length wise
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely grated
  • 3 tbsps Peanuts
  • to taste Salt
  • Cilantro - chopped, for garnish
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 red chili Dry
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 10 Curry leaves
For Spice Powder:
  • 1 Star anise - flower
  • 3 cardamom Green
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon " - piece
  • 2 tbsps Poppy seeds
Course main course
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice (I use sona masoori rice)
  • ¼ cup Lemon juice
  • 2 Chilies Green - slit length wise
  • 1 Ginger " - piece, finely grated
  • 3 tbsps Peanuts
  • to taste Salt
  • Cilantro - chopped, for garnish
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 red chili Dry
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 10 Curry leaves
For Spice Powder:
  • 1 Star anise - flower
  • 3 cardamom Green
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon " - piece
  • 2 tbsps Poppy seeds
Meyer Lemon Pulihora (Meyer Lemon Rice)
Instructions
  1. Make the Spice Powder: Dry roast all the ingredients listed under spice powder and grind to a powder.
  2. Cook rice and set aside. Make sure that it is not mushy and the grains are separate.
  3. Make Lemon Rice: Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add all the ingredients for tempering and once the mustard seeds start to splutter, add the green chilies, ginger and peanuts. Fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the rice, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add the spice powder and lemon juice. Turn off the heat and mix well to combine.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

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15 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Pulihora (Meyer Lemon Rice)”

  1. Wow! the spice powder sounds too good to pass up. Shall try out lemon rice with the spice powder next time. Loved those cute plates and cutlery!

  2. What a beautiful presentation! Cannot take my eyes off your picture. I have never made using all these spices. Will give it a try soon..

  3. i want to try making lemon achaar with that species of urs , they look mouthwatering, and ofcourse the rice looks delicious

  4. Nice and tangy lemon rice,addition of the spice powder makes it more flavorful..never tried with the spice powder will try it next time…

  5. Oh how much I envy you. Meyer lemons are a dream to cook with. Rice is so fluffy and looks like a pillow of all good things 🙂

  6. I have gone all fida over that set up..lovely pot there, along with that wooden spoon…feel like relishing the rice, they look very good.Fantastic Pavani !

  7. I love always your background.. the way you take pics…Awesome and this makes my hungry always.. lovely rice

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