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Easy Lemon Rice Recipe/ How To Make Lemon Rice

Jayanthy Asokan
Easy Lemon Rice Recipe is an easy and quick recipe to make with fresh boiled or leftover rice. This recipe needs only lemon and regular ingredients for tempering
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 3
Calories 1320 kcal


  • 5 cup Rice (leftover cooked rice)
  • 4 tablespoon Lemon juice (add according to your taste)
  • 3 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 3 Green chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • tablespoon Urad dal
  • tablespoon Channa dal (bengal gram)
  • ¼ cup Peanut aka Groundnut
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Asafoetida(hing)


  • Squeeze one lemon juice and add turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside.
  • In a kadhai or pan add sesame oil on low medium heat. Add peanut aka groundnut and fry until it is golden brown. In the same kadhai, add mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal and wait until it starts to crackle.
  • Now add slit green chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida powder and stir for few seconds.
  • Add lemon juice mixture and stir well. Let it boil for only for few seconds. Switch off the flame.
  • I have used 5 cup of leftover cooked rice. You can use freshly cooked rice too. However, any rice is perfect for this recipe.
  • Gently mix until the rice combines well with the lemon mixture. Check salt and add according to your taste.
  • This mild, tangy, delicious South Indian lemon rice is perfect for any day, occasion, lunchbox and, also perfect during travel.


You can use any variety of rice but avoid using any sticky rice varieties. When cooking rice, let it not be mushy. Mushy rice will not work for this recipe so cook rice to perfection.
Temper the ingredients to perfection. Simple and day-to-day regular spices are all needed for tempering this recipe. Adding nuts is optional. Peanut aka, groundnut and cashew nut goes well for this rice.
You can use green chili or dry chili for this recipe.
If sesame oil is not available, you can use peanut oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, etc.
Curry leaves is must for this recipe. It adds flavour to the lemon rice.


Serving: 1personCalories: 1320kcalCarbohydrates: 259.9gProtein: 25.3gFat: 16.8gSaturated Fat: 2.6gSodium: 166mgPotassium: 382.6mgFiber: 9.1gSugar: 2.6gVitamin A: 27.1IUVitamin C: 26.9mgCalcium: 111.5mgIron: 3.5mg
Keyword lemon rice recipe, South Indian style
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