Lemon Rice

A popular South Indian rice specialty where the rice is flavored with lemon juice, turmeric and tempered with few spices and peanuts. 
This fresh citrus flavored rice is one of the most loved dish at home. Infact this is a favorite of my mom too; one the first dish she learned to make after she moved to Bangalore from Kerala. So a lot of fond memories attached.

You need –

  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • water – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Peanuts – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli – 1, slit
  • Curry leaves – 1 twig
  • Asafoetida  – a pinch
  • Dried chili – 1
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tablespoon
  • Water – 2 cups

How to –

Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water completely off.

In a pan, bring the water turmeric and salt to rolling boil and add the rice. Cook till done. Once the rice is cooked. Keep it uncovered for a few minutes before you use a fork to fluff up the rice slowly. Set aside.

Heat oil in pan, Add the mustard seeds. when they start to pop, add the add the dried chili, urad dal, Asafoetida, curry leaves, Green chili and peanuts. Cook till the peanuts are slightly browned, stirring  constantly.

Pour this over the rice along with lemon juice and mix well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Serve hot with you favorite chutney or pickle.


35 thoughts on “Lemon Rice

  1. Ahh, we do have something common going out here, I too am planning to post lemon rice. Co-incidence the second time now after the Coconut milk rice 😀 I too am a great fan of this rice, but only after marriage.. Love this now. Urs look super tempting there with that lovely looking plate & spoon 🙂

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