Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is a lot more simpler to make than first meets the eye. If you prefer a richer variation, then you can add some cubes of butter directly to the rice after it's cooked, for a more flavorsome taste.


  1. Soak masoor and chana dals for a few hours prior to cooking.
  2. Boil rice with about 4-5 cups water and salt until grains are soft and firm.
  3. Just before draining the rice, add the turmeric powder.
  4. Stir to ensure that the color spreads evenly over the rice.
  5. Remove from heat and drain.
  6. In another pot, add the masoor and chana dals; cover with water and boil until the dals soften.
  7. In a separate small saucepan, add butter on low heat until it melts.
  8. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bayleaves, cloves, cinammon, curry leaves and cashew nuts.
  9. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the onion and allow to heat till onion becomes translucent.
  10. Then add the boiled/softened masoor and chana dals along with the turmeric powder.
  11. At this point you can peel the lemons and add the lemon rind to the rest of the ingredients.
  12. Stir this mixture thoroughly to ensure a nice distribution of the butter flavor.
  13. Transfer this mix to the already cooked rice and toss or stir well.
  14. Squeeze two fresh lemons to obtain about half a cup of juice, add a tsp of salt to it, and then pour the liquid on the rice concoction, making sure to toss it thoroughly.
  15. Garnish by drizzling with dry parsley, coriander and a whole cashew.
Most Helpful

This recipe is really good and it smells and taste good too love it

Roopali October 05, 2006

I love this recipe!! It is dilicious and healthy (because of the daals) and the lemon rinds is what does the trick.It looks pretty and adds flavor.This is different from the traditional recipe and I am definately sticking with this one!!! Thanks for sharing.

Queenchef March 24, 2006

Been meaning to make this for an Indian dinner forever, and finally got around to it. I served it with SueL's Palak Paneer and it went so well I think I may just fall in love with Indian food. Loved the contrasty texture of the lentils with the rice and amazing flavor too.

RecipeTsarina September 28, 2005