Lemon Rice

August 8th, 2009 filed under Gluten Free, Rice

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Lemon rice is a delicious south Indian dish. Lemon juice gives a very refreshing and tangy flavor to the rice.Recipe serves 4 to 6.

Lemon RiceIngredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 red whole red chili
  • 1 green chili sliced in four long way
  • 12 to 15 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chana dal, pre-soaked in water for at least half an hour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Wash rice gently changing water several times until the water appears clear.
  2. For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Drain the rice and put it into the saucepan. Add water, oil, and salt, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.
  4. Cook about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.

Preparing The Seasoning:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat; stir-fry the peanuts for about 2 minutes until peanuts changes the color to light brown.
  2. Take out the peanuts from oil and use the same oil for rest of the seasoning.
  3. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds after seeds crack add red chili, curry leaves, and green chilies, and stir for a few seconds.
  4. Add the chana dal, stir-fry for about a minute.
  5. Add turmeric and mix it well.
  6. Add the pre-cooked rice, peanuts and sprinkle salt and lemon juice over the rice.
  7. Mix gently, making sure do not break the rice and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Rice is ready, Enjoy!

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47 Responses to “Lemon Rice”

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  2. millia says:

    Made lemon rice today- great recipe, tastes yummy. I did slightly overcook the rice but hope to reduce heat after initial high the next time. I used dried curry leaves as I was not able to get the fresh one’s but it still taste v good. I used salted groundnuts again but it still tasted good. Thanks.

  3. Dhivya says:

    Looking so good.

  4. [...] lemon rice. If my mom were here she’d laugh. Lemon rice is a south indian dish that I used to LOVE as a kid. I mean really love. One day, my mom and I were [...]

  5. hrgd says:

    urad dal can also be added

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