Jan 18, 2012

Lemon Rice

This is yet another simple  and also a traditional South Indian Rice.This is a very popular and flavourful rice preparation of Tamil Nadu. It is tempered with lentils, nuts, chillies, leaves etc, leaving behind all its flavours in the rice.The lemon in the rice aids in the absorption of iron in your body due to its high vitamin C content. If you have eaten a heavy breakfast, then this is a perfect dish for a light lunch.


Cooked rice - 2 cups
Lemon - 2 medium sized
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste

For tempering:

Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
Red chillies - 2
Ginger - a small piece
Hing - A generous pinch
Turmeric powder -1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1/2 tbsp

Preparation :

Squeeze lemon , add turmeric powder and keep it aside.

Pressure cook the rice for 2 whistles, allow the rice to cool, add sesame oil to it and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when they stop spluttering add urad dal and saute it.

Add channa dal,split and add the red chillies, chopped ginger along with asafoetida.Saute it for few seconds.

Finally add the peanuts and curry leaves .

Now add these to the rice , along with the lemon juice and salt. Mix them gently.

Serve hot/ warm with any spicy curry or along with curd and pickle.


Don't skip ginger, as it gives a nice flavor to the rice.

You can also prepare this with leftover rice

The color of the rice , depends on the turmeric powder you are adding.

Lemon juice can also be added instead of lime. Increase it as per your taste. The amount of lemon juice gives it just a milder lemony taste.

Sending this to Vidya's "Flavors of Tamilnadu " event, Radhika's "Let's Cook #11 ~ Rice " event and Susan's "Black and White Wednesday"


  1. Tasty dish and is always a stand-by when nothing materialises in the kitchen. Lovely click to go with it.

  2. love this delicious n humble rice...:)

  3. Looks so tasty and nicely presented!


  4. My all time fav, can have it anytime..

  5. Love this tangy rice any day. Nicely presented

  6. Can have this any day, a light and refreshing dish..

  7. Delicious and simple to make..lovely click

  8. all time fav...looks too tempting...nice click!!

  9. This lemon rice looks yummy and I will make it for my mom in law the next time she visits me. She absolutely loves it.

  10. my comfort food, love this simple and delicious rice..

  11. a true and traditional representation of southy food - looks yummy!

  12. Wow wat a delightful and super tempting rice..

  13. one of my fav..yummy n looks lovely

  14. Delicious rice!!!!!!!
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  15. one of my fav. rice dish. looks yummy.

  16. Delicious lemon rice n one of favorite dish.

  17. Its my all time fav. i make for travel most of the time :)

  18. One of my fav recipes with leftover rice! Your look super perfect!

  19. lemon rice looks yummy and tangy.....perfect!! first time here..lovely blog.

  20. My evergreen favorite, I can eat this a lot non stop!

  21. I've been thinking about preparing this since you first sent me the photo, Chandrani. I've got it bookmarked!

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