Lemon Coconut Rice With Kaffir Lime Leaves

Lemon coconut rice with kaffir lime leaves. A delicious aromatic rice to serve with any spicy curry. Fragrant Kaffir lime leaves infused rice taste divine. And coconut milk gives a rich buttery flavour. Recipe is very simple and easy and completely gluten free and dairy free. You don’t need ghee or clarified butter to make this fragrant rich buttery luscious rice.

Kaffir lime leaves called gondhoraj lebur pata in Bengali. Earlier shared a delicious Cake with Kaffir lime. Click here for the recipe.

Citrus hystrix, called the kaffir lime or makrut lime, is a citrus fruit native to tropical Southeast Asia. Its fruit and leaves are used in Southeast Asian cuisine and its essential oil is used in perfumery. Its rind and crushed leaves emit an intense citrus fragrance. Wikipedia

Did you know that Kaffir lime leaves are super healthy for you? Read on to learn the 6 top health benefits of Kaffir leaves.

1. Stress, Stress Go Away

2. Bad Breath No More

3. No Bacteria Allowed

4. Get Healthy, Glowing Skin

5. Protect Your Mane

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To read more health benefits of Kaffir lime leaves Click here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You don’t need much spices for this fragrant rice. I have used sweet corn and green peas but you can use any vegetable of your choice. And add green chilli according to your taste. You can skip chilli if you are making for kids. If you don’t have have Kaffir lime leaves then use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon zest.

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Video recipe of this fragrant creamy rice

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Kaffir lime leaves – 2

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2, finely chopped

Onion – 1 sliced

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/4 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Rinse the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a wok. You can also use pressure cooker if you want. Add cumin seeds. When seeds starts to splutter add sliced onion and finely chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

3. Add grated ginger and fry till onion becomes brown. Onion shouldn’t be burnt.

4. Add green peas and sweet corn. Saute for a minute. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and mix.

5. Add soaked and drained rice. Saute for 2 minutes. Add salt and mix.

6. Add coconut milk and water. If you are using pressure cooker add half cup water. Tear both Kaffir lime leaves into two pieces and add in the rice. Also add lemon juice and mix well. Let it boil.

7. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

8. After 10 minutes gently stir the rice and cover again. Cook for five minutes on simmer. Now switch off the heat. Remove the cover and fluff the rice gently.

9. Cover again and serve after 10 minutes. Serve aromatic rice with any spicy curry.

Notes

1. You can use lemon zest instead of Kaffir lime leaves.

2. Use any vegetables of your choice.

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Besan Biscuit/ Sugar Free Biscuit

Sugar free besan or chickpea/garbanzo flour biscuit. A delicious, crisp and easy to make biscuit with date powder, pistachio and almond. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these biscuits. Little rice flour will make your biscuits perfectly crispy. So here is a healthy and delicious biscuit for your munching time or to serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Already shared many different types of cookies on this blog. Click here for the recipes.

You may also like to try Cardamom nankhatai from me fellow blogger Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Earlier shared besan nankhatai here. But taste of this besan biscuit is totally different. I didn’t use sugar in these biscuits. Date powder will give enough sweetness.

Dates have a low GI, which means they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, making them a safe choice for people with diabetes. Dates boast an impressive nutritional profile and natural sweetness. Because they’re a natural source of fructose, they might be a concern for people with diabetes. However, because they have a low GI and medium GL, they’re safe for those with diabetes in moderation — which translates to no more than 1 to 2 dates at a time. Source

Recipe is very simple. Just add everything to make a smooth dough. I have used shredded almond and pistachios but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also use tutti frutti in the dough if you want.

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Video recipe of this delicious besan biscuit 👇

Recipe

Besan or chickpea flour/garbanzo flour – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Dry date powder – little less than 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded pistachios – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Method

1. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper. Preheat the microwave oven at 170°. Use convection or hot blast function. And for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix besan or chickpea flour, rice flour, milk powder, baking powder, cardamom powder and shredded almond. Mix well and keep aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk date powder, ghee or clarified butter and milk.

4. Add all the dry ingredients and mix. Make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Add little more milk and 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter if require to make dough. I had to add little milk and 1 tablespoon ghee more to make smooth dough. Add milk slowly as required.

5. Make small balls and press gently with your palm. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking tray.

6. Place little shredded pistachios in the middle of the cookies. Press gently with your finger tips. Arrange all the cookies like this.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 8-10 minutes or till edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time. So keep an eye after 8 minutes. Don’t make too brown.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely. Enjoy delicious sugar free cookies immediately or store in airtight container for later use.

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Ghee Or Clarified butter/ How To Make Ghee Easily At Home/ Ghee With Less Residue

Homemade ghee or clarified butter is always best. Here is a very easy method of making ghee. And also sharing the easy method to get more ghee and less residue. And making ghee without burning the pan.

Ghee or clarified butter generally used to tempering dal or rice dishes, in curries, sweets, in Aurvedic medicines and for different religions rituals. To make ghee first we have to churn the milk topping/ malai or cream to make butter. And then we have to cook the butter till clear liquid ghee and brown coloured residue separates.

This ingredient has been used in Indian and Pakistani cultures for thousands of years. When used in place of butter, ghee has several benefits. The differences between ghee and butter Understanding the differences between ghee and butter can help you determine which ingredient to use when cooking. Ghee has a higher smoke point when compared to butter, so it doesn’t burn as quickly. This is perfect for sautéing or frying foods. Butter can smoke and burn at 350°F (177°C), but ghee can withstand heat up to 485°F (252°C). Because ghee separates milk from fat, this butter substitute is lactose-free, making it better than butter if you have allergies or sensitivities to dairy products. Source

I have used cow milk to make ghee. You can see the lovely colour in the pictures. If you are making ghee with Buffalo milk, your ghee will be white. But cow milk ghee looks different. And aroma is heavenly.

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Watch the video recipe below of making ghee.

Recipe

Malai or milk topping/cream

Water

Ice cubes

Method

1. Store malai or milk topping in a container. And keep the container in refrigerator.

2. When you want to make ghee take out the container before an hour. Don’t try to make butter with chilled malai. And don’t keep the butter out of refrigerator for a long time. If the weather is hot, smell of the malai may change if you keep it out of the refrigerator for a long time.

3. After an hour pour the malai or cream in a blender jar. Add half cup normal temperature water and blend till water and butter separates. Watch video above for details.

4. Add some ice cubes in the blender jar and blend again. Now you will get perfect butter. Transfer the butter in a large utensil.

5. Whisk well with your palm. Make round ball of butter and discard the water. If you want you can make paneer with this water. To make paneer, boil it and add vinegar or lemon juice as required. Paneer and whey will separates. Immediately strain the paneer.

6. Rinse the butter with chilled water. Place the butter in a large pan or wok. Heat to just melt the butter. Don’t let it boil. When it starts to boil it will turns into ghee. So be careful heat till the butter starts to melt. When it starts to melt immediately switch off the heat. Keep stirring. Don’t leave unattended.

7. Let the melted butter cool down. Keep it in refrigerator overnight. Next day you will see some water under the solid butter. Drain all the water. This step to get less residue and more ghee.

8. Heat the drained butter again. Keep stirring till liquid ghee and brown residue separates. When residue starts to become brown immediately switch off the heat. Let it cool down a bit. If you leave it on low flame unattended, your utensil may burn from bottom. But if you keep stirring your utensil remains clean. Still if your pan or wok slightly burnt from bottom just boil some water with a teaspoon of baking soda. Now it will be clean easily

9. Strain the ghee with a strainer and store ghee in a glass jar. Use this as required.

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