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Lemon Rice is one of the many rice dishes that are an integral part of South Indian Cuisine. It is a flavorful tangy twist to plain white rice. Some of the other varieties of rice from the South are Coconut Rice, Yogurt/Curd Rice, Sesame Rice, Tomato Rice, Tamarind Rice…only to name a few! Try this quick, easy recipe that is so visually appealing. It is sure to spruce up any kind of rice – fresh or leftover.


Cooked Rice – 3 cups

Oil – 1 tbsp

Dried Red Chili – 1

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Channa Daal – 1 tsp

Raw Peanuts – 1 tbsp

Cashews – 1 tbsp

Urad Daal – 1 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Asofoetida – pinch

Ginger – 1 tsp, minced

Green Chili – 1, finely chopped (optional)

Curry Leaves – 1 sprig

Lemon/Lime Juice – 2 tbsp or to taste

Salt – to taste

Cilantro – 5 springs, for garnishing


  1. Mix Salt and Lemon Juice to the Rice. Mix well.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and wait for it to get hot.
  3. Once hot, add in the Dried Whole Chili. Break the Chili into the oil for additional spicy flavor.
  4. Add in the Mustard Seeds and let them pop and crackle.
  5. Add i n the Channa Daal and cook for a minute.
  6. Add in Raw Peanuts and cook for about 30 seconds.
  7. Add in the Cashews, Urad Daal, Turmeric Powder, Asofoetida, Ginger, Green Chilies, Curry Leaves…in that order.
  8. Add in the Rice and mix well but gently.
  9. Keep on the flame till the rice is hot all the way through.
  10. Garnish with Cilantro and it is ready to serve.
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