Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice

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Lemon Rice or Nimmakaya Pulihora is a perennial favourite in my family. Known as Elumichai Sadam in Tamil Nadu, this rice dish has also become a favourite with my colleagues at work. So popular in fact, that they request it for every pot luck. Me thinks many on my team feel this is all I can cook!

Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice or Nimbu Chawal
Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice or Nimbu Chawal

In fact, every festive meal in Andhra will always have some version of Pulihora; be it with Nimmakaya or Lemon, Chintapandu or Tamarind, Mammidikaya or Raw Mango, Usirikaya, or even Gongura.

Recipe for Nimmakaya Pulihora | Elumichai Sadam | Lemon Rice

Ingredients

  1. Rice – 1 Cup
  2. Lemon Juice – 3 to 4 tbsp
  3. Rai/Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Udad Dal/Split Black Gram – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chana Dal/Split Green Gram – 1/2 tsp
  6. Peanuts – 2 to 3 cup
  7. Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  8. Curry Leaves – 10 to 12
  9. Red Chillies – 4 to 5
  10. Salt – To taste
  11. Til/Gingelly Oil – 2 tbsp

Method

  1. Cook rice as usual.
  2. Spread warm rice out in a plate.
  3. Drizzle about 1 tbsp oil on the rice.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add salt, turmeric, and curry leaves to the rice.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Heat the remaining oil till it is medium hot.
  8. Add mustard seeds to it.
  9. When the mustard seed sputter, add Udad dal and Chana dal.
  10. Fry till light brown.
  11. Add peanuts and fry till they start to split.
  12. Add split red chillies and fry for a few seconds.
  13. Add to the rice and mix well.
  14. Squeeze the lemon over the rice and mix well.
  15. Let the rice “sit” for at least one hour before eating.

Tips:

  • The Nimmakaya Pulihora may taste khatta/sour if eaten immediately, but the lemon juice gets absorbed with time.
  • If you add “just enough” lemon when making Lemon Rice, it will become bland later.
  • If you like your food spicy, crush the fried red chillies before mixing in rice.

Add 2 tbsp Nuvvula Podi to lemon rice and taste the difference!

Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice
Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice, Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam

Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice

This is the recipe for Nimmakaya Pulihora or Lemon Rice from Andhra Pradesh. This one-dish meal, called Elumichai Sadam in Tamil Nadu, is crowd pleaser and very easy to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Mains
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh, Indian, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • Salt To taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 10 to 12 Curry Leaves

For the Tempering

  • 1/2 tsp Rai/Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Udad Dal/Split Black Gram
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal/Split Green Gram
  • 2 to 3 cup Peanuts
  • 4 to 5 Red Chillies
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil

Instructions
 

Getting the Rice Ready

  • Cook rice as usual.
  • Spread warm rice out in a plate.
  • Drizzle about 1 tbsp oil on the rice.
  • Mix well.
  • Add salt, turmeric, and curry leaves to the rice.
  • Mix well.

Adding the Tempering

  • Heat the remaining oil till it is medium hot.
  • Add mustard seeds to it.
  • When the mustard seed sputter, add udad dal and chana dal.
  • Fry till light brown.
  • Add peanuts and fry till they start to split.
  • Add split red chillies and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add to the rice and mix well.

The Final Touch

  • Pour the lemon juice over the rice and mix well.
  • Let the Lemon Rice | Nimmakaya Pulihora rest for at least 30 mins before eating.
Keyword Elumichai Sadam, Lemon Rice, Nimmakaya Pulihora

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