September 24, 2009

Lemony Bell Pepper Rice

What do you do with leftover rice? I normally make Lemon Rice, which is the most convinient option during weeknights. And, it works for me because my husband gorges on it.

I was so so bored of eating the same old Lemon Rice, I thought I'd try something else which has a strong lemony flavor.


I had a bag of fresh bell peppers, I sauteed them & threw in some frozen green peas & added a dash of lemon & then this dish was ready in no time.

If you are a bell pepper fan, you will love this one.

You Will Need:
  • 1 1/2 cups rice ( I used Sona Masuri ) - leftover will be fine
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (I used Green, Red, & Yellow)
  • 4 green chillies - chopped
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Salt as per taste
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut - fresh/frozen

Method:

  • Cook rice such that each grain is separate. Set aside & let it cool completely
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Splutter mustard seeds, green chillies & curry leaves
  • Add diced bell peppers & a tsp of salt. Saute for about a minute. Close the lid & let it cook. Keep mixing in between to avoid the bell peppers from getting burnt.
  • When the bell peppers are well cooked & firm, add frozen green peas & mix well & let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Mix in cooked rice, grated coconut & lemon juice.
  • Check for salt & mix well
  • Serve with yogurt .. Enjoy !!!

I made this really long ago, & we really loved the flavors. I have been meaning to make this one again, but somehow I never got around doing it. Hopefully I should be making this again, real soon.

If you have leftover rice, give your regular lemon rice a miss, & try this one.

NOTE: If you are using fresh green peas, add them right in the beginning as it takes longer to cook than the frozen ones.

26 comments:

Happy cook said...

Beautiful, colourful and delcious.

Prathibha said...

I do add capsicum or peas to my lemon rice..nice idea of adding mixed bell peppers..it makes the dish look more appealing dear...

Aysha said...

Yummy recipe dear...lovely pic too...

Cham said...

A beautiful makeover for the traditionnal lemon rice!

Priya said...

Lovely dish, loved the addition of bellpepper...gorgeous click!

Veggie Belly said...

I actually am not a big fan of lemon rice. But I think i'll like it with the bell peppers. Very colorful!

Parita said...

Nice twist to the traditional lemon rice :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Very colorful and appetizing. I am sure you had none of this left over!

Smitha said...

A handy idea to use up bell peppers as well! Love the idea..

Soma Pradhan said...

Looks really tempting !!

Sush said...

I often make this for my son as he is a die hard fan of chitranna. I add grated carrots, bell peppers, peas to make it more healthy :)

notyet100 said...

lemon and pepper awesome combo,.:-)

Sanghi said...

Wow.. this rice looks colourful and delicious!!:)

Divya Rao said...

So colourful!

Sharmilee! :) said...

Colorful and flavourful rice!

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sowmya.s said...

looks colourful and nice..

Pavithra said...

Wow looks so good and colorful..

Yasmeen said...

very colorful and what a delicious way to eat up left over rice:)

Sharmila said...

I do a lot of things with leftover rice ... but lemon rice is my fav. I love green peas ... but I'll give the bell peppers a skip. :-)
Lovely and colourful looking rice Deesha! :-)

Indhu said...

I always add peas to my lemon rice... never tried adding bell peppers... love how colourful your rice looks :)

A said...

Lemon rice with peppert hmm ...sound interesting.Lovely presentation.

jayasri said...

I do that too.., your platter looks very very yummy, I love all kinds of Rice.

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