Lemon rice – A South Indian delight

Lemon Rice – A South Indian Delight

Lemon rice is one of the easiest Indian dish and they are so subtle in flavor but exotic in taste. Every working parent will fix this as a lunch box menu at least on one day of the week. They are so easy to fix and goes great even with simple store-bought chips.

I would like to have my lemon rice with potato curry or egg curry (recipe here) or chicken dry fry. Here is the recipe for the divine rice dish.

Lemon Rice – A South Indian Delight

Lemon Rice – A South Indian Delight

The roasted peanuts and urad dhal make every bite crunchy and lovely curry leaves infuse an earthly flavour in every bite. The addition of asafoetida, ginger and green chillies leaves me with the burst of lovely taste in my mouth. Being greatly influenced by Giada, an Italian cook, I ended up adding lemon zest to this rice. Trust me, I felt nice about its addition and the taste was awesome.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 2


  • 2 cups cooked rice – Cold
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 lemon (yellow) – juice
  • 1 inch ginger – chopped
  • 3 green chillies – slit 
  • 1-2 tsp asafoetida
  • 10-12 curry leaves 
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp urad dhal 
  • 1/2 tbsp peanuts 
  • 1/4 tbsp cashewnuts (optional) 
  • 3 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1/2 tbsp oil


  • Heat oil in a kadai. Once they get heated up, throw in the mustard and let it splutter. Then add the urad dhal, ginger,asafoetida, curry leaves, green chillies and saute for couple of minutes.
  • Now add the peanuts and cashewnuts and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add the turmeric powder, salt and lemon zest and give a complete mix. Cook till the raw smell disappears.
  • Turn the flame off and squeeze the lemons. Check for salt.
  • Add the cold rice and mix well. 
  • Serve warm with chips/ any vegetable fry/ egg curry /dry chicken curry.
Keyword Lemon Rice

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