Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a very easy and often cooked in South Indian families home. It’s a one pot comfort meal and has many different flavours, the most predominant being lime. I had it in South India in Chennai then Madras and loved it. I’ve had it during breakfast, lunch and dinner and each time when I had I enjoyed it. Today after a long gap I thought of preparing Lemon Rice

Course – Main meal

Cuisine – Indian (South India)

Author – Madhu’s Kitchen

Difficulty level – Easy

Serves -2 people

Preparation time-15 mins, Cooking time-20 mins


1.5 cup basmati rice

1 Tbsp Chana Dal

1 Tbsp Urad Dal

Pinch of asafoetida

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Few sprigs of curry leaves

Few sprigs of coriander leaves

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1-2 green chillies chopped fine

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1-2 whole red chilli

1 tsp cashew nuts

1 tsp peanuts

1 lime juice


Salt as per taste


In a bowl boil water and add washed basmati rice, make 3/4th boiled, drain and set aside. In a wok heat oil and add mustard seeds, when it splutters add curry leaves, chopped green chillies and when it splutters add Chana Dal, Urad Dal and stir for 2-3 mins. Add asafoetida, whole red chillies, chopped coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste, cashew nuts, peanuts, turmeric powder and stir for 2-3 mins. Add rice and stir, add lime juice, salt and stir well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and enjoy hot with yogurt, mango pickle and lime wedges

Lemon Rice 😊

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