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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.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Pavani


  • Basmati rice -2 cups
  • Peanuts/ground nuts -¼cup
  • Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
  • Green chillies-2 or 3
  • Lemon juice – 4tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -½tsp
  • Chana dal -1tsp
  • Mustard seeds -½tsp
  • Urad dal – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera- 1tsp
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1tsp
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 tbsp


  • 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 teaspoon 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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