Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a very popular South Indian dish. What makes it so tasty is the nutty flavor of the peanuts and cashews mixed with the tanginess from the lemon. They work so great together.  It’s traditionally a breakfast dish but is perfect for lunch and dinner as well. It gets done within five minutes if you have left over rice. This is one of the simplest rice recipes that add color and flavor into plain boring rice. Here’s my version of Lemon Rice. Enjoy!!

Lemon Rice


  • 2 cups Boiled Basmati Rice
  • 1 tbsp. Clarified Butter or Oil
  • 1 tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ tsp. Asafetida
  • 7-8 Cashews split into halves
  • 4 tbsp. Peanuts
  • 1 tsp. Split Black Gram (Optional)
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • Salt to Taste
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Green Chilies finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped Coriander Leaves


  • Heat Clarified Butter in a Pan.
  • Add the Mustard Seeds and split Black Gram and allow them to crackle.
  • Add Peanuts and Cashews and sauté for half a minute.
  • Add Asafetida and Green Chilies.
  • Now Add the curry Leaves.
  • Add in the Turmeric Powder, Rice and Salt and toss gently.
  • Add the Lemon Juice and Chopped Coriander Leaves and Toss again.

20 thoughts on “Lemon Rice

  1. That is the most delicious rice I have seen in ages, and the photos look great, as always. Thanks so much for sharing. I shall cook this rice one of these fine evenings. Have a lovely evening!

  2. I love Lemons and I love rice. I think those two are unbeatable. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am going to try it sometime. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  3. This dish looks really yum! Infact I recommend that you submit your recipe for the Fortune “What’s your tadka?” Recipe contest where you can get a chance to appear on Food Food Channel and showcase your recipe. Click on the link for more information: http://on.fb.me/ItS9Wu

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