Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lemon rice

I have already posted Cilantro lime rice which is as similar to this lemon rice. The main difference is lemon rice is yellow in color with south Indian spices. A wonderful yellow rice for travel and lunch boxes.

  • Basmati rice or Long grain rice - 1 cup
  • Lemon  - 1 or 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

To temper:
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Green chilly -2
  • Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp 
  • Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Asafoetida - a pinch


Add a tsp of oil in the cooked rice and keep aside to cool. Squeeze lemon and collect the juice and add a tbsp of water, turmeric powder, salt and keep aside.

Heat oil  in a pan, add mustard seeds, allow it to crackle. Then add urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, green chillies, grated ginger, curry leaves and asafoetida. Fry till peanuts are crunch and dals are golden brown. 

Add the lemon juice with water and switch off the stove.Add the cooked rice and mix well, adjust salt.
Garnish with cilantro leaves. 

  • If using raw rice, cook the rice with water in 1:2 ratio, if using basmati rice cook the rice with water 1:1.5.
  • While cooking the rice add a tsp of oil, so that each grain will be cooked separately.
  • You can also directly squeeze the lemon over the cooked rice. 
  • Give some standing time for the lemon rice to get the tastes incorporated well. The tanginess of the lemon will be more when you mix it, After standing time it will get absorbed and taste really good.


Biny's Recipes said...

i love this as its so easy on the stomach and goes well with any accompaniments

Sireesha Puppala said...

basic one pot meal. evergreen rice


Super delicious, great step by step post! Thanks :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy preparation....tempting !!!!

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Simple and comfort it any day

Priya Suresh said...

Super delicious one pot meal, very tempting..

Shobha Kamath said...

Lovely! Loved the pics too.

easyfoodsmith said...

I love lemon rice with curries but I also enjoy it on its own.

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Anonymous said...

This looks really yummy! I love different rice dishes, and Indian is one of my all-time favorite cuisines (but am fairly new to cooking it myself at home). Will definitely have to get the spices to make this!

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