Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is a flavorful dish prepared by mixing cooked rice with lemon juice and seasonings. It is convenient to make and perfect for packed lunches, picnics, or on-the-go meals. Enjoy it with chips or papad/fryums.

Lemon Rice

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: RiceCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Looking for a quick and delicious meal idea? Try lemon rice! This flavorful dish is easy to make and great for on-the-go lunches or picnics.


  • 2 cups Raw Rice

  • 2 Lemon

  • 2 Red chili

  • 2 Green chilli

  • Fresh ginger – a small piece

  • 1 tsp Bengal gram dhal

  • 1 tsp Urad dhal

  • Peanuts – few

  • Cashew nuts – few

  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida

  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

  • 4 tbsp Gingelly Oil

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard

  • Curry leaves – few

  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste


  • Cook the rice until it’s soft yet retains its shape; avoid overcooking. Spread the cooked rice on a plate or in a broad vessel to cool, drizzling one or two teaspoons of oil over it to prevent sticking.
  • Extract the juice from the lemons, set aside. Slit the green chillies lengthwise for a balanced distribution of heat, and finely chop the ginger to incorporate into the dish.
  • Heat oil in a kadai (or a heavy-bottomed pan) over medium heat. Once hot, add mustard seeds and wait for them to pop, signaling the oil is ready. Add Bengal gram dal (chana dal), urad dal (black gram), cashew nuts, and peanuts, frying them until they turn a golden brown color.
  • Introduce the green chillies, a pinch of asafoetida powder, and curry leaves to the pan, frying them briefly to unlock their flavors. Stir in turmeric powder and salt, mixing well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and carefully add the cooked rice to the kadai. Gently mix the rice with the spices, ensuring an even distribution without breaking the grains.
  • Pour the lemon juice over the rice and give it another gentle mix to ensure the flavors are well combined.
  • Finish by sprinkling finely chopped coriander leaves over the top for a fresh, herbal touch. Remove from heat and serve the lemon rice while it’s flavorful and warm.

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  • Instead of nuts, you can add few green peas cooked and a small carrot cut into small pieces.


  1. Hi Kamala maami! How are you? Tried your lemon rice for lunch…..superb taste…thanks Maami.

  2. Sowri Rajan

    I tried most of your recipes. Very easy to prepare. No doubt, my dishes are well appreciated by every one. Thanks to you.
    Kind regards,

  3. Pradnya Shenoy

    Very nice recipes..I am not fond of cooking but after reading your recipes, I have started cooking.. Thanks.

  4. Hi ma’am l tried a few of your recipes cames well and very delicious…it’s very easy to prepare…many thanks

  5. Given a try for this Tasty Recipe! Simply loved it, Thank you.

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