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Lemon Rice Recipe

Published on: June 12, 2013 | Updated on: May 16, 2015
Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is a south Indian dish made with rice and is flavoured with lemons. The tanginess from the lemons and the crunch from the peanuts makes this dish a very balanced meal.  It is a very quick-to-make recipe and can be put together in no time. It is usually eaten for breakfast throughout the southern part of India, but you can enjoy it anytime of the day with some pickle or just on it’s own. It is also a good recipe to use the left over rice and it can be stored for up to 2 days. It makes a very good tiffin option and is also good to carry while travelling as it does not spoil very fast. To make it healthier you can also add vegetables like carrots, beans and peas, though it is traditionally made with only peanuts. So, here is the recipe.

Ingredients needed for Lemon Rice

  • Cooked rice – 1 cup
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal -1/2 tsp
  • Dried red chili – 2-3
  • Peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Green chili – 2 ( slit into half )
  • Onion – 1/2 cup ( chopped )
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

How to make Lemon Rice

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds starts splattering, add chana dal, urad dal, peanuts and dried red chilies.
  • Fry till slightly browned.
  • Add onions, curry leaves and green chili.
  • Fry for a minute.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice.
  • Fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the cooked rice.
  • Simmer the heat and mix well.
  • Cook for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve hot with some pickle.

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