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Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is one of the popular rice dishes in South India. It is easy to make and perfect for a quick lunch or lunch box. When you make lemon rice use cooked and cooled rice. Hot rice will tend to break while mixing.

You can prepare this dish as neivedhyam for any pooja or auspicious day. Serve this dish with potato chips, potato fry, papad or just any pickle.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

No. of servings: 2

Spice level: 3 out of 5


  • Lemon juice from one big lemon
  • Cooked white rice – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • White lentil or Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal or Split gram – 1 tbsp
  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 5 to 6
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3 (adjust to taste)
  • Finely chopped ginger – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  2. When it splutters add urad dal, channa dal, peanuts. Keep tossing.
  3. When the lentils become golden brown add chopped green chillies, ginger and curry leaves.
  4. After a minute add turmeric powder and mix well.
  5. Finally add lemon juice and a little salt. Mix well and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Add the cooked and cooled rice. Mix gently.
  7. Lemon rice is ready to serve.

🙂 Serve with papad/potato fry


  1. lemon rice is such a comforting food. Looks so good and tempting 🙂

  2. Look’s Great with Golden Urad dal and peanut’s. I prepare this in karnataka style chitranna!

  3. I love lime rice and this looks yumm.

  4. hi, I loooove this….., O’ god u made me drool…., anytime, everytime this is my favourite dish, everyday i don’t mind eating it….my mouth is watering….

  5. I love lime flavor, so this looks perfect for my tastes!

  6. Lovely colour

  7. Hi friends,
    Thanks for all your comments….

  8. Hi Nithu,

    please add salt item to your ingredients list.
    I was following the exact recipe of yours and found it missing

  9. Very often cooked rice in my house.. lovely


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