Cook's Hideout: Broccoli Pulihora (Lemon Rice with Broccoli)

May 29, 2012

Broccoli Pulihora (Lemon Rice with Broccoli)

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 for blogging marathon #16. As usual it was fun running the marathon and looking forward to the next one that is coming up in June in a new format. Big thanks to Valli for organizing these marathons and coming up with interesting and challenging themes.

Rice - 3cups, cooked (use leftover rice for a even faster breakfast)
Broccoli - 2cups, finely chopped
Onion - 1 small (not an usual ingredient in lemon rice, but I felt like adding it), chopped
Roasted Peanuts - 3tbsp
Lime/ Lemon juice - from 1 medium size fruit (or more depending on the tartness of the juice)
Green chilies - 2, slit
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

For tempering:
Urad dal (minapappu) - 2tsp
Chana Dal (sanaga pappu) - 2tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Dry Red chilies - 2, broken
Curry leaves - 6-8

  • Cool rice if freshly cooked. If using leftover rice, microwave until it warms through and is not lumpy.
  • 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.
  • Once the onions are lightly browned, add chopped broccoli and cook until the florets are tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add this mixture to rice along with turmeric, salt and lemon juice. Mix well and serve immediately.
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for the last day of BM# 16.


  1. Once I tried broccoli lemon poha n loved the combo...broccoli pairs well with lemon n tasted yummy,sure your rice would have tasted so delicious with those veggie chips...looks inviting!!

  2. food really pops on the blue plate

  3. yum! i bet the peanuts on that are fabulous! it looks so fresh and delicious! thanks for sharing!

  4. Just love broccolis,never thought of adding them in lemon rice, thats really brilliant.

  5. Nice idea - adding veggies to pulihora.

  6. Wow!!that sounds interesting...healthy one.

  7. That's a really glad you joined us for BM pavani..

  8. A wonderful way to integrate broccoli! loved the recipe.. :)

  9. looks lovely! the colors .and those peanuts..broccoli making it healthy!..wonderful...

  10. what a pretty looking pulihore rice and this one with broccoli

  11. I love that the traditional lemon rice has been jazzed up to make it healthy..awesome!!

    Check out the event at our space Veggie/Fruit A Month-June (Blueberry)

  12. Looks very the twist


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