Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lemon Rice

20150423_102129Lemon Rice is an easy and popular recipe particularly in Tamil Nadu. Simple with few ingredients but an amazingly strong flavor.


Basmati rice (cooked) – 4 cups

Cardamom – 2

Mustard Seeds(black) – 2 tsp

Dried red chillies – 4

Chana Dal (split yellow peas) – 2 tsp

Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs

Unsalted peanuts – 1/2 – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1/2 cup

Turmeric pw – 1 tsp

Oil – 4 tbsp

Salt – To taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter.20150423_101019
  2. Add the dried red chillies, curry leaves and saute. 20150423_101041
  3. Add peanuts, split peas and saute for another minute. 20150423_101111
  4. The peanuts should be golden brown in color. 20150423_101339
  5. Now add the rice, salt and lemon juice to it and stir fry it well incorporated. 20150423_101453

Andhra Chicken Pulao

20150427_081833This chicken pulao is quite different from the usual ones in restaurants. Its an Andhra speciality and it has a very distinct flavor. Its easy to cook as its made in a rice cooker even though the sauteing process cannot be omitted. Try and enjoy. Feel free to leave questions and comments. I shall respond asap.


Chicken – ½ kg

Basmati rice – 1 ½ cups

Cardamom – 2

Cloves – 5

Cinnamon – 1 inch pc

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Onion – 1 (sliced)

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Green chillies – 4 (slit)

Turmeric pw – ½ tsp

Coriander pw – 1 tsp

Roasted Cashews – few

Cilantro – 2 sprigs(chopped)

Marinade for the chicken

Yogurt – ½ cup

Mint leaves – ½ cup

Curry leaves – few

Cayenne pepper pw – ½ tsp


Water – 3 cups

To dry roast and grind

White poppy seeds – 3 tsp

Cardamom – 4

Cloves – 6

Cinnamon – 2 inch pc

Fresh coconut chunks – ½ cup


1. Marinate the chicken with yogurt, cayenne pepper pw, salt , curry leaves and half of the mint leaves. 20150426_192545

2. In a pan, dry roast the poppy seeds, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves for 2 minutes and grind it. 20150426_193023

Add the coconut chunks to it along with little water to make it into a fine paste. keep it aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan, add cardamom, cinnamom, cloves and cumin seeds and fry for a few seconds. 20150426_194835

4. Then add onions into it. Also add a bit of salt to speed up the process. 20150426_195030

5. Add ginger and garlic paste, turmeric pw, coriander pw, green chillies  and saute it till the raw flavor is gone (around a minute). 20150426_195603

7. Add the ground mixture and saute it well for 2 minutes till the oil oozes out from the sides. 20150426_195751

8. Add the marinated chicken to it and mix well. Let it cook for two minutes. 20150426_200030

9. Add the washed rice into it and mix well. 20150426_212816

10. Add water to it and mix well. Check the salt by tasting the water and transfer the contents to a rice cooker. 20150426_214656

11. Add cilantro, mint leaves and let it cook till it auto turns off.

12. Garnish with roasted cashews. Serve with cucumber raita and pappads.20150427_081833