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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ramblings Of A Two Month Old & A Plate of Lemon Rice

My name is Karma, Kitchen Karma.

As some of you already know, I am a fledgling food blog. The good news is I have just completed two whole months of my existence and the thrilling news is that I have a looong way to go.  I  am realising that I am born at an exciting time when lots are happening in the world of food and food blogs. I sure am delighted to be alive.

I am being nourished by my creator Suchi (more on her later and none of it good!) and all of you, my dear friends who visit me every day. When you look at my page, drool over my photos, smile while reading my content, wow over my recipes, I swell with pride. You may be unaware but I try my hardest to capture your attention with my new post for the brief few minutes you are here. Sometimes I do a cartwheel or two to keep you here longer. And when you leave me a comment I feel like the cat who has got the cream and eaten it too. I purr with satisfaction and blow you a kiss. I am sure many of you felt my love and gratitude.

Another exciting part of my day is when Suchi takes me to visit your blogs. We play and frolic with each other  while you ladies and sometimes a few gentlemen natter on. 

Apart from friends we also visit other blogs. Sometimes we stumble upon these blogs which blow my breathe away....man the photos they have, the recipes they flaunt, the followers they have, the number of comments they receive--it all makes me turn a horrible shade of bottle green with envy. I so want to be like them. If only Suchi would listen to me. *Sigh*

Oh ha Suchi. Let me tell you a bit about her. I was started by a slightly cantankerous woman. Man, she is one whimsical lady, you won't believe the number of drafts lying unfinished in my folder. She just starts typing a couple of sentences or sometimes even a paragraph or two and then leaves them. I mean finish the post and publish it. My number of posts will increase, no, that woman has other ideas. She goes off to her kitchen to cook something else and starts yet another post. I do not want to sound sexist but women are sure moody beings. And being her blog, I have no choice, but to follow her random wishes.

Rather I like that husband of her's much better. Indranil, that is his name, is a sharp eyed guy who misses nothing much. That guy earned my undying gratitude by correcting innumerous typos and spelling mistakes while Suchi is composing. Also he designed my blog header, which he doesn't like much, but impatient Suchi forced him to put it up. He is working on another header, which is a cool one with fishes and carrots, lets see when  he puts that one up.

So basically this is what two months have been about, growing up slowly in the family of food blogs with your care and support. Thanks a lot for being my friend.

P.S. We are in Facebook, where Suchi is posting photos of their various London eat outs, please do join us.

P.P.S Also Suchi has started tweeting (smirk, smirk, she is intimidated by that site), you can follow her blabbers tweets here.

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This is my first Blog Hop Wednesday and I am paired with Rudra of Mom's Corner. Her blog is a veritable feast of South Indian food. This was lucky for me, since my husband loves South Indian food. After his 5 years stint in Bangalore he is picky about his sambar, can give a long lecture on whether it is cooked the Tamil way or the Andhra way, keen on his rasam, loves lemon, tomato, curd and other such rice dishes. After toying with the idea of making sambar, loosing nerve I choose the easy way out. I made Rudra's lemon rice, several times over. Her lemon rice is simple, not many spices and my husband just loves it. The first time I made this, I served it with fish in tamarind gravy and my husband polished it all off. Calamity I had not taken any photos. So I made it another day and that day the photos came out all horrible. I was grumbling about it when my husband suggested oh-so-casually that I should make it yet again, just for decent clicks, not for him. But the lazy me decided to pass off the indecent photos, rather than make this yet again.

Ingredients:
Preprepared Rice-- 2 cups
Lime--big, juicy one
Handful of peanuts & cashew nuts
1/4th tea spoon of mustard seeds
1/2 table spoon of roasted chana dal
1/2 table spoon of urad dal
1/2 tea spoon of tumeric powder
2 green chillies, de-seeded and slit in the middle
1 small onion finely chopped
Few curry leaves (my husband for all his love for South Indian food 
cannot stand the smell of curry leaves, so I skipped these)
Salt to taste
2 tea spoons of oil
Lots of cilantro for garnishing


How To Prepare:

In a frying pan, heat the oil, add the mustard seeds, once it starts to splutter, add the chopped onion, after a minute or two once the onions start to look glassy, add the dals, nuts, green chillies, haldi and salt. Fry it for a couple more minutes, till the smell of haldi goes away and remove from heat.

In a bowl, add half a lime's juice with the rice and add the fried masalas and the chopped coriander. Mix well, taste, if it does not taste of lime, you may need to add some more lime juice. 

Second time I served the lemon rice with Rasi's Aloo Masala. It was a treat.

94 comments:

  1. I love this dish and you photography is excellent. Bookmarking it!

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    1. Aw Alida, you are a true friend calling my bad photos excellent...really appreciate your praise :-)

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  2. Rice looks yumm..Thanks for clearing my doubt about buttermilk..will look for it next time..thank u.

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  3. Women are moody beings ?! Ha ! tell me about it ! hahaha Anyway , I love this kind of rice dish , very satisfying and full of flavor :)

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  4. Suchi, I love this post! I am still giggling!

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    1. Happy that I could make you giggle Marina :-)

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  5. Ha ha ha - this is such a delightful read,Suchi!You have an amazing sense of humor, my dear and love those quips and pokes every now and then:)Your blog surely has a long way to go!I love Lemon Rice lots and your version looks immaculate. I may not be able to distinguish between the dishes region-wise but as long as it tastes, looks and smells good, I'm all for it.Did you hear that knock on your door BTW? That was me stopping by for a bite,so - open up;)

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sudha :-)

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    2. Yes I did hear the knock :-)

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  6. Was a very interesting write up. Not to mention the delicious looking colorful lemon rice.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. That was such an amusing read, Suchi - your blog sure does have a long way to go and with hubby chipping in, you must be having a lot of fun doing it too:)Loved the Lemon Rice - although I will not be able to discern this dish region-wise, I would not think twice before polishing off my plate as long as it looks, smells and tastes good. BTW can you hear the knock on your door? Open up, silly - its ME, stopping in for a bite!;)

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    1. Sudha I love this second comment...you have said so many extra nice things which you missed out in your last comment :-P

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    2. Neither can I, that is just my husband showing off I think cos he knows I know nothing about it :-)

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  8. very yummy ..all time fav.. and good photography ...
    www.sriyafood.blogspot.com

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  9. Just two months? There are so many recipes here!! Wow!

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    1. Yes its just two months...enthu for the new thing and all that :-)

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  10. Thats a wonderful post Suchi... Cool write up... The rice looks so flavorful

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  11. This write up beats all your others. It looks yummy for sure.

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  12. Oh wow, that is such a lovely dish!! Just beautiful!!

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  13. Very entertaining Suchi, joining hands with you dear, my blog is around the same age, a long way to go for both of us, the lemon rice is perfect and I have the same necklace sans the pendant..

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    1. Yes Hema we indeed have a long way to go :-) happy blogging to you too :-)

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  14. What a colorful dish! You know I love Indian food so thanks once more for this recipe! :-)

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    1. Thanks Julie, yes I also love this dish ;-)

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  16. Happy 2 month old bloggie :).. Your new header gear is cute..though done hastily & your are indeed being nourished & nurtured very well by Suchi :).. Def feel your love, heard about cartwheels too & you are the sweetest blog for following her random wishes :)..

    The rice looks fantastic & i hope u loved the masala.. great clicks suchi :)

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    1. Thanks Rasi, we love the aloo masala. I usually used to keep the potatoes in chunks, this idea of mashing it is better :-)

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  17. Your blog is one of the very few blogs where I actually take the time to read out the ramblings rather than just glance at the recipe/pics. Keep up the good work.

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    1. What a compliment, thank you Sadaf :-)

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  18. Awww! I love lemon rice and yours looks so tempting! My mom makes it whenever I visit her. Your recipe reminds me of my mom :) Moms are great!!!


    Do take few seconds and vote for your favourite recipes in the Gimme GREEN entries!Will help me decide the popular dish of the event!!

    Chef Al dente On going event: Gimme GREEN!

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  19. Wonderful write up Suchi. I have linked it here for you. Do check out the other entries at leisure.
    http://ticklingpalates.blogspot.in/2012/03/blog-hop-wednesdays-week-15.html

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  20. MOuth watering :)
    i had lemon rice today :P
    Dee..

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  21. i love the header suchi..do tell ur husband that :)
    and lemon rice...wow wished u lived somewhere nearby and i could have popped over.
    Thanks a bunch for those lovely tips on saving energy. i do follow some of it except for shopping for local farmers produce, which i don have nywhere nearby

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  22. wow.. beautiful presentation. the rice looks almost like a pulau. special , not the ordinary lemon rice :-)

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  23. Delish! I can't imagine your husband not loving curry leaves. I cannot live without it. Go tell him :D

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    1. Keep telling husband that...I love the smell...

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  24. Hilarious post!Love that rice, btw and it looks so delicious, even I would gobble it all up!Simple and flavorful :)

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  25. That rice looks amazing--I would never have known that you were such a new blogger!

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  26. The pictures are perfect I don't know what you were talking about.. First time around here.. I like your blog name.. Kitchen Karma . :o)

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    1. Thanks Sumee...you like my blog's name? It is my pride and joy...found the name after a lot of stress on the poor grey cells :-)

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  27. nice writup.rice is looking tempting
    1st time here happy to follow u. do visit my site

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  28. Great clicks suchi:) Love the post, hilarious and interesting too and lemon rice too:)

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  29. wonderful post..couldn't stop smiling reading it..rice looks fabulous :)

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

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  30. It looks so yummy and tempting Suchi! Wonder if I'll be able to make it like that! But will, however, try it out for sure! Thanks!!

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    1. I am sure it will Amit, there is nothing much to the recipe :-)

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  31. tht's one delightful rambling from u aka ur blog. 2 months and u already look like a pro- great going suchi !

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  32. lol, i LOVED every bit! happy 2nd month bday dear blog... hope suchi listens more to u from now on :D

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    1. Thanks Deeps :-) Nah not many chances of that :-)

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  33. The photgraphy may lure anyone to prepare this dish. thank you for this nice blog.

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  34. OMG! This looks so stunning!! Loved the recipe and saving this recipe for Easter. Have a wonderful day and happy cooking/baking. http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com
    Warm regards: Purabi Naha

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  35. Aww that was the cutest 2-month old I've ever come across but gosh she/he can talk! lolz. Super picture too. Must try out the recipe though I'm not much of a cook. See you around.

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    1. Thanks...still deciding over the gender...thinking of keeping my blog genderless :-)

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  36. LOL, loved the way you wrote this post... totally awesome...

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  37. What a great post! I love how you've written from the point of view of your blog :-) So happy to have discovered you and your wonderful recipes! This lemon rice looks incredible, definitely worth making again and again (for photos or hungry husbands ;-) )

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  38. SouthIndian food has its own obsessive nature to take control of swirling tongues. Dont they? You seem to have a whale of a time with Suchi. Read your ramblings and ofcourse spent a few more seconds than intended.

    You made me hungry and the best part is after just having a full plate dinner. :)

    Best
    Katie

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  39. rice looks really yumm yumm..nice cliks......Thanx 4 d super dish dear.......
    Maha

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  40. Thats one lovely post Suchi.. i loved going through the complete post smiling all through .. great job done Gal..

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    1. Happy I could make you smile Nupur :-)

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  41. LOL! Your ramblings are so cute Suchi!! :) How did I miss your blog on indiblogger?! :O Waiting for the new header and your dishes are yummy ..Sadly I know how to cook,NOT!!! ;)

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  42. Beautiful lemon rice. I first wondered what dhal you have put on top, but later on thought it is Aloo Masala. That's great Suchi.

    Hema's Adugemane

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