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Peanuts are one of my son's favorite and he loves Lemon rice (pulihora) with lots of peanuts. So to make traditional pulihora a little more nutritious, I added some cooked broccoli. My son seemed to like it with some extra crunch from veggie straws. Being from South India where rice is the staple food, rice features in almost all of the meals. Growing up, we used to have left over rice made into pulihora (lemon rice) or daddojanam (curd rice) or aloo bhath (potato rice) and the list goes on and on. This is my last dish under "Breakfast" theme...


4 serving

Total time

50 minutes





  • 3 cups Rice
  • 2 cups Broccoli
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsps Peanuts
  • 1 lime Lemon juice
  • 2 chilies
  • 0.5 tsp Turmeric
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tsp Urad dal
  • 2 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 chilies
  • 6 - 8 Curry leaves


  1. Cool rice if freshly cooked. If using leftover rice, microwave until it warms through and is not lumpy.
  2. Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan; add all the tempering ingredients, once the dals start to lightly brown and seed start to splutter, add the chopped onion and green chilies.
  3. Once the onions are lightly browned, add chopped broccoli and cook until the florets are tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add this mixture to rice along with turmeric, salt and lemon juice. Mix well and serve immediately.