Lemon Rice (Chitrannam)
Combine lemon (or lime) juice and salt in a small bowl, stirring until dissolved.Advertisement
Heat oil in a wide large pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Sprinkle in a few mustard seeds to test the oil--it's hot enough when the seeds sizzle and pop. Once hot, reduce heat to medium. Quickly add the remaining mustard seeds, nuts, garlic, chile pepper, cumin seeds and curry leaves, chana dal and urad dal (if using), covering the pan as needed to contain any splattering. Cook, stirring, until the nuts are lightly brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in turmeric, rice and the juice mixture.