Lemon rice recipe

                                                                                         SOUTHINDIAN LEMON RICE RECIPE

Lemon rice recipe

Lemon rice recipe


  • cooked rice – 3cup
  • oil + ghee – 1 ½ tbsp
  • mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • urad dal – 1tsp
  • chana dal – 1tsp
  • peanuts – 2 tbsp [optional]
  • green chilli chopped – 1
  • red chilli – 2 broken
  • curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • asafoetida – a pinch
  • Grated ginger  – 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric pwdr – ½ tsp
  • fried cashew for garnishing
  • finely chopped coriander leaves[optional]
  • salt as per taste
  • lemon juice – 2tbsp or as per the sourness [tanginess]you need

PREPARATION – Cook rice till completely done [not overcooked,grains have to be  separate]or use left over rice.

LeMon rice


  1. Heat oil + ghee in a pan.
  2. Roast the cashew and peanuts separately till golden brown, remove and keep aside.
  3. In same pan now add the mustard seeds + urad dal + chana dal.
  4. Fry till the dals become brown.
  5. Add the curry leaves + red chilli + grated ginger + green chilli fry for few seconds.
  6. Lower the flame.
  7. Add asafoetida + turmeric + fried peanuts and cashew.
  8. Off the flame.
  9. Add the lemon juice + salt.
  10. Now either pour this mixture on the cooked rice or add the cooked rice to the mixture.
  11. Mix well so that the rice gets coated with the mixture.
  12. [if the rice is hot there is no need to cook for again ,but if you are using leftover rice then cook it for 1or 2 minutes after mixing.
  13. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  14. Cover the rice and keep aside for the rice to absorb the masala.
  15. Serve with pickle /papad/rice papad/egg/dry coconut chutney.



  1. It’s  ideal for journey food.
  2. Peanut is optional.
  3. You can use any rice but it should not be over cooked.
  4. Leftover rice can also be used.
  5. Off the stove while adding the lemon juice.
  6. You can also add the lemon juice to the rice.
  7. Lemon has to be used as per the sourness you want .
  8. Ghee enhances the flavour.
  9. You can also add veges like carrot ,beans etc
  10. Same way same instead of rice you can used cooked sevai.

for more recipes click on the names below :- 

Tamarind rice recipe

Curd rice recipe

Pudhina rice

Coconut rice

Capsicum rice recipe