Lemon Rice

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Lemon Rice is a popular South Indian variety rice made with fresh lemon juice and tempered with flavorful spices and mixed with cooked rice and served with South Indian curry (poriyal), coconut chutney  or papad varieties. It is made commonly in South Indian homes and popular lunch menu in Indian restaurants. It is a quick and easy lunch box recipe and tastes great with left over rice as well. Come, let’s see how to make this perfect and tasty recipe at home with easy method and step by step pictures.


Category: Vegan

Cuisine: South Indian

Preparation time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  1. Cooked Rice- 1.5 cups
  2. Green chilli- 4
  3. Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt- as required
  5. Lemon- 1 large

To temper 

  1. Sesame Oil- 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard- 1 tsp
  3. Urad dal- 1 tsp
  4. Channa dal- 1 tsp
  5. Roasted Peanuts- 2 tbsp
  6. Cashew nuts- 1 tbsp
  7. Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  8. Red chilli- 2
  9. Asafoetida- 2 pinches


1. Preparation: Cook rice, cool down completely and separate the grains. Click here to see how to cook basmati rice to perfection.

This recipe can also be made with left over rice.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow to crackle. Add urad dal and chana dal. When the dal turns golden, add roasted peanuts and cashew nuts and saute till the cashew nuts turn golden brown.

3. Add curry leaves, red chillies and green chillies. Add asafoetida and mix well.

4. Add the lemon juice with turmeric powder and salt and switch off.

5. Finally, add the cooked basmati rice and mix well. Serve hot with any curry or poriyal, coconut chutney or papad. Delicious, tasty and easy lemon rice is ready to eat.


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