Easy Lemon Rice | Easy South Indian Lemon Rice

Easy Lemon Rice | Easy South Indian Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a very simple and flavourful rice. It is a very popular dish in south India and it is served as ‘Prasadam’ in most of the temples. The process of making this rice is simple just by mixing the steamed rice with fried spices and then with fresh lemon juice. There are so many variations in preparing this lemon rice. But being a South Indian, I like this method which I have learnt from my Mom.

This delicious rice is also called as Chitranna, you can prepare this even with leftover rice. I remember my mom used to pack this rice whenever we used to travel.

Lemon Rice

Step by step pictures of making Easy Lemon Rice

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice -2 cups
  • Peanuts/ground nuts -1/4cup
  • Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
  • Green chillies-2 or 3
  • Lemon juice – 4tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/2tsp
  • Chana dal -1tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2tsp
  • Urad dal – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera- 1tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1tsp
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 tbsp

Preparation:

Wash and soak the rice for 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile roughly coarse the green chillies using a pestle and keep aside.

Boil enough water to cook the rice when water starts boiling add 1 tsp of salt and stir well.

Now add the soaked rice without water into the boiling water and cook till the rice is done.

Strain the rice using a colander and spread it in a large plate to cool.

Then a heat Kadai with oil, add asafoetida, curry leaves, Chana dal, mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds.

when the cumin seeds crackle add coarse green chillies along with finely chopped ginger, peanuts, cashew nuts, turmeric powder and mix everything well.

Add the cooled rice and give a gentle stir so that everything is combined well. Then add salt along with lemon juice and switch off the flame.

Now combine the rice nicely with the lemon juice and finally garnish with coriander leaves.

Transfer the lemon rice into a serving bowl and enjoy with papadum or pickle.

 

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Easy Lemon Rice | Easy South Indian Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a very simple and flavourful rice. It is a very popular dish in south India and it is served as ‘Prasadam’ in most of the temples. The process of making this rice is simple just by mixing the steamed rice with fried spices and then with fresh lemon juice. There are so many variations in preparing this lemon rice. But being a South Indian, I like this method which I have learnt from my Mom.
Course Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Easy Lemon Rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Pavani

Ingredients

  • Basmati rice -2 cups
  • Peanuts/ground nuts -1/4cup
  • Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
  • Green chillies-2 or 3
  • Lemon juice – 4tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/2tsp
  • Chana dal -1tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/2tsp
  • Urad dal – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera- 1tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1tsp
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile roughly coarse the green chillies using a pestle and keep aside.
  3. Boil enough water to cook the rice when water starts boiling add 1 tsp of salt and stir well.
  4. Now add the soaked rice without water into the boiling water and cook till the rice is done.
  5. Strain the rice using a colander and spread it in a large plate to cool.
  6. Then a heat Kadai with oil, add asafoetida, curry leaves, Chana dal, mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds.
  7. when the cumin seeds crackle add coarse green chillies along with finely chopped ginger, peanuts, cashew nuts, turmeric powder and mix everything well.
  8. Add the cooled rice and give a gentle stir so that everything is combined well. Then add salt along with lemon juice and switch off the flame.
  9. Now combine the rice nicely with the lemon juice and finally garnish with coriander leaves.
  10. Transfer the lemon rice into a serving bowl and enjoy with papadum or pickle.

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13 thoughts on “Easy Lemon Rice | Easy South Indian Lemon Rice

  1. This rice brings back fond memories. I was first introduced to it as ‘picture rice’ translation of chitranna. 🙂 Your version sounds flavorful and perfectly done.

  2. I love your article. Lemon rice looks healthy. I can image how looks tasty. Can I post your recipe on my blog post? I’d like to share your recipe with my blog audience.

    1. Hi, Thank you for approaching me regarding posting my recipe in your site. Yes, you can post my recipe in your blog to my site. Thanks very much appreciated.

  3. That is such a classic dish, right? Perfect for auspicious occasions, picnics, lunch boxes or just a casual meal/snack. But I never made it with Basmati rice 🙂

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