Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is popular variety rice from South India in which steamed rice is flavoured with lemon giving an amazing tangy flavour and seasoned with ginger for the aroma.

It is one of my favourite takeaway meals. It tastes good with friums and pickle.

7 reviews, 4.71/5

Lemon Rice

South India

3 persons

30 minutes

Items List

Name Quantity Image
Raw rice 1cup
Salt enough to taste
Turmeric ¼ tea sp
Oil 2 tb sp
Mustard 1tea sp
Curry leaves 7 nos
Green chilli 1 no
Water 2 ½ cup
Ginger chopped 1 ½ tea sp
Coriander leaves 2 tb sp
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
Onion 80 g
Peanuts 1 ½ tb sp
Asafoetida ½ teasp
Salted Curd Chillies 2 nos


Stage 1

In a pressure cooker add 1 cup of raw rice (Sona Masuri) and add 2 ½ cups of water and salt. Keep the flame in medium and cook the rice for about 10 minutes or 2 to 3 whistles.

Stage 2

Chop onion, coriander leaves, Green chillies and Ginger, keep them aside.

Stage 3

Heat a kadai , pour and heat oil. To it add mustards and wait for it to pop. You may also add urad dal at this stage and wait for the urad dal to become golden. As it fry add green chillies, chopped ginger and curry leaves.

Stage 4

To it add salted curd chillies and peanuts. sauté until the raw smell goes , without burning them.

Stage 5

Now add Turmeric and asafoetida powder to it.

Stage 6

To this add chopped onions and fry them until they turn golden brown.

Stage 7

Switch the flame to low and to this add cooked rice and stir gently until it get mixed.

Stage 8

Turn off the stove and add lemon juice and coriander leaves, mix well.

Serve hot with friums and pickle.


  • Separate the stem of the coriander leaves while chopping and fry them along with other items in stage 6
  • Allow the rice to cool down before mixing it with the fried items
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