Rough Lemon Rice

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Incase you guys are wondering what a Rough Lemon is, This is how it looks

Rough Lemon is known as Jambhiri in Hindi & in Kannada we call it Heralekayi. It belongs to the citrus family. In India, it is usually available in summers & early monsoon. Rough Lemon resembles an orange in apperance & size. The skin is slightly thicker & rough as compared to lemon, Hence the name Rough Lemon, I guess.

My mother makes this amazing rice dish out of rough lemon. We call it Heralekayi Chitranna in Kannada. Even though the taste is tangy, it tastes different from lemon rice.

Here is the recipe:

Preparation Time: 20-25 mins


  • 1 cup Rice - Cooked
  • 1 Rough Lemon
  • 2 Green Chilles - low/medium spiced - chopped
  • A handful of groundnuts
  • Channa Dal - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • A few curry leaves
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as per taste


  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomes pan & add Mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds pop & splutter, add urad dal, channa dal, Curry leaves & groundnuts
  • Add green chillies & a Pinch of turmeric, to add color
  • Add cooked rice on top
  • Squeeze in rough lemon juice.
  • Add salt according to taste & Mix well & Serve

Enjoi !!

I shall be sending this recipe to Anisheetu's Blog for the event SWC-Karnataka .. Thanks for hosting :)

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