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South Indian Lemon rice

  • Author: Siri
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A fragrant and flavourful Indian Lemon Rice perfect as a side dish or a meal on its own for a heavy carb day!


  • 1 Cup raw short or medium grain rice
  • 1.5 tsp of sunflower oil
  • Juice of one soft lemon
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp split channa dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1 small green chilli slit
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • Hing and ginger (optional)


  1. Wash the rice well and cook according to the packet instructions. But make sure you don’t use more water. rice to water ratio should be ideally 1:2 Cool down the rice.
  2. Heat a pan with 1.5 tsp of oil and fry the cashews and peanuts if using for a minute or 2 on low flame.
  3. Add finely chopped ginger (if using), mustard seeds, urad and channa dal, chillis and fry well for 1 or 2 minutes. These should not be burnt but should turn into nice golden brown colour.
  4. Add in curry leaves and hing(if using) , turmeric at the end and switch off the stove. Allow it to cool down a bit before adding lime juice. 
  5. Now add in lemon juice and the before it gets evaporated quickly add in the cooked rice to give a good mix.
  6. Allow all the flavours get incorporated into rice and rest for 10 to 15 min if you can. You can have it immediately too 🙂


Short or medium-grain rice works best for lemon rice.

Make sure the rice is not mushy.If possible use left over rice.

  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: rice, Indian, lemon, lime