Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lemon Barley

This is genuinely an idea rather than a recipe.  I post many such recipes which would give an healthy alternate to the traditional food.  Lemon rice is like staple food for many south indians.  It is super easy to make, cook rice and mix it with the tadka and lemon juice.

Usually, they say that lemon juice should not be heated,   I realized/learnt why they say that.  Lemon juice has lots of Vitamic C and it gets lost when heated.   You should not reheat any food with Vit C to not loose its nutrition

What you need?

Barley flakes - 1 cup
Usual Lemon rice ingredients
Carrot grated 1/2 cup

How to make it?

Optionally, you could dry fry the barley flakes in advance and keep it in a container.

1. Boil 2 cups of water in a kadai, let it boil well, add 1 Tbsp of oil, 2 tsp salt and barley flakes, let it stay till all the water is absorbed.

2.Transfer it to a wide dish and let it cool.  It has to be cooled well before you add the tadka, otherwise it will turn mushy.  It will be well separated if you leave it alone for a while.

3. Tadka - Oil 1 Tbsp = add mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal, green chillies as per taste, asofoedita and few curry leaves

4. In a bowl, add a pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, add the tadka over this.  You should pour the tadka while the oil is still hot.  Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice once the mixture is cold.

5. Mix together with the dried barley with  1/4 cup of roasted peanuts.  I also added about 1/2 cup of grated carrots to give the yellow orange beautiful look.  It could be topped with green coriander or fresh pomegranetes.

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