Lemon rice is a delicious South Indian dish. Lemon juice gives a very refreshing and tangy flavor to the rice. Lemon rice one of the most popular and often made rice recipes from South India. It also served in South Indian temples. This lemon rice is easily put together when you are in a hurry. Can be made sometime when you are running out of time in cooking.  You can also make it with leftover rice. 

      There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances--notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene--that promote immunity and fight infection.


Rice -1 cup
Oil-3 teaspoons
Mustard seeds- ½ teaspoon
Urad dhal- ½ teaspoon
Channa dhal-  ½ teaspoon
Cashewnuts-5 (optional)
Roasted peanuts - handful
Onion, chopped-1
Curry leaves-1sprig
Green chilli, chopped-1
Ginger, chopped-1teaspoon
Turmeric- ¼ teaspoon
Lemon (de seeded)- 2


  • Cook rice with salt and drain the water before it is fully cooked
  • In a pan add oil and splutter the mustard seeds, then add urad dhal, channa dhal and cashew nuts.
  • When it turns golden colur add the onion and curry leaves and cook for a minute then add green chillies and ginger.
  • When the raw smell of ginger leaves add turmeric and sprinkle little water and allow to cook for a minute.
  • Then add the rice and salt if required.
  • Mix well and put off the gas the squeeze the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Don’t add lemon juice when gas is on. If you do so, the lemon gives bitter taste to the whole lot.

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