Lemon Rice Recipe | South Indian Lemon Flavored Rice

Lemon Rice is an easy rice preparation which has an amazing taste as it is spiced up with lemon juice, curry leaves, turmeric, whole red chillies and mustard seeds.

South Indian spices and fresh Lemon juice give a spicy and slightly tangy taste enhances the taste of plain rice and give this dish a distinctive flavor.

Lemon rice is a traditional South Indian recipe and is quite popular. It is really delicious and can be made quite quickly.

You can make this recipe with fresh or leftover rice. It uses minimal spices in flavoring and is a no onion no garlic recipe.

Lemon rice can be best enjoyed with a salad and papadum (spiced thin & crispy lentil flour wafer). You can also enjoy this dish with common vegetables dishes, curd, raita or chutney.

Lemon Rice can be eaten as main course or as a side dish. Kids love this tasty and aromatic rice and the dish is a good choice for tiffin box.

To make Lemon Rice at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info

Servings: 3

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

Total Time:

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories350

Fat12g

Carbohydrates: 50g

Protein: 6g

Ingredients For Lemon Rice Recipe

  • 1 Cup Raw Rice (or 3 Cups Cooked Rice)
  • 2 Tablespoon Peanuts
  • 10-15 Curry Leaves (Kari Patta)
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Teaspoon Rai (Black Mustard Seeds)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Urad Dal (Split & Skinned Black Lentils)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chana Dal (Split Chickpeas)
  • 2-3 Whole Dried Red Chillies
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Lemon Rice Recipe

  • Wash and rinse 1 cup of Rice with water. Then add them in a pressure cooker along with 1/2 teaspoon Salt, 2 teaspoons Oil and 2 cups of Water. If cooking in an open pot, add 3 cups of Water.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 1
  • Cook the rice till you get 2 whistles then wait for it to cool down. Then gently fluff the rice with a fork. You can also use leftover rice.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 2
  • Heat 2 tablespoons Oil in a pan and roast the peanuts. Then remove the peanuts and set them aside.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 3
  • In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds (Rai) and let them crackle.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 4
  • When the Mustard Seeds start to splutter, add 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds and fry them for a few seconds.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 5
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon Urad Dal (split & skinned Black Lentils) and 1/2 teaspoon Chana Dal (split Chickpeas). Fry them till they turn golden brown.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 6
  • Add 2-3 whole dried Red Chillies and fry them for a minute.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 7
  • Add 10-15 Curry Leaves along with finely chopped Green Chillies to the pan.

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  • Then add 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder and 1/8 teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng).

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  • Add the cooked rice to the pan. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice to the rice.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 10
  • Toss the rice gently to coat them in the tempering.

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  • Now add the roasted Peanuts to the rice and mix everything together.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions 12
  • Turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 5 minutes. Lemon Rice is ready. You can serve it as is or with any Raita or Papad.

    Lemon Rice Recipe Step by Step Instructions

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Lemon Rice Recipe | South Indian Lemon Flavored Rice

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