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lemon rice

Lemon Rice

Revathi Palani
Want to transform left over rice into something delicious ? Try this bright and tangy Lemon rice. Lemon Extract tempered with aromatic spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 medium Lemon (extract the juice)
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • ¼ tsp Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Broken Urad Dal
  • 6 Cashew
  • ¼ tsp Jeera
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida
  • 6 Curry Leaves
  • 2 Dry Red Chilli
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Salt (adjust per taste)
  • ¾ Cup Rice
  • Coriander leaves - Optional for garnishing


  • Cook the rice along with ¼ tsp salt and bring it to room temperature.
  • Now heat a pan with oil; add the mustard, let it splutter and then add chana dal, broken urad dal. Once they start changing the color, add the cashews, jeera, curry leaves, asafoetida, red chilli and give a quick stir.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrtadka1.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrtadka2.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">
  • Now add the turmeric, remaining ¼ tsp salt, ¼ cup of water and give a quick stir. Lower the flame to low-medium and wait until the water evaporates and we get a thick sauce consistency. Finally, add the extracted lemon juice, wait until you see small bubbles (about 30 secs) and turn off the flame.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrsauce1.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrsauce2.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%"><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrsauce3.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrsauce4.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">
  • Add the prepared sauce to the cooked rice and mix thoroughly.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrrice1.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lrrice2.jpg" alt="lemon" width="48%">
  • Enjoy hot with any spicy side dish.
    <br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/lemon-rice-1.jpg" alt="lemon rice" width="100%">

Notes | FAQ

- Extract the lemon juice without adding water. I got about about 3-4 Tbsp of juice.
- Roll the lemon first on a hard surface under your palms. Then cut the lemon and extract the juice. By doing so, you will be able to extract the juice easily.
- After adding the lemon juice, do not keep in flame for long time.
- Optionally you can add peanuts instead of cashews. It would taste wonderful.