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Lemon Rice
Today I'm sharing with you the most easy rice you will ever find. Yeah, it's lemon rice, an easy south Indian delicacy which is flavored with the tanginess of lemon. If you have leftover rice at home, it can be prepared in less than 5 minutes. Also, it is made with very simple ingredients which will be always available at home. So we can enjoy this recipe any time. It's one of the best lunch box recipe.

Elumichai Sadam

Lemon Rice


Rice - 2 cup
Lemon - 2
Red Chilli - 4
Green Chilli -3
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 1 tblspn
Peanuts - 2 tblspn
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste
Sesame oil - 2 tblspn


Cook rice adding a tsp of oil and salt. Spread them in a wide plate or a large bowl. Drizzle little oil, mix them well and keep aside.

Squeeze lemon and extract its juice. Remove any seeds present in them. Chop red chilli and green chilli.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When it begins to splutter, add urad dal, channa dal, peanuts, red chilli and green chilli and curry leaves. Fry till it becomes golden. Do not let them burn.

Add in turmeric and switch off the flame. When it is slightly cooled, add the lemon juice and pour this mixture over the rice. Mix them carefully. Check for salt.

Serve with coconut thogayal or potato roast.

  • Adding lemon juice when hot will give you a bitter taste.
  • You can also directly add lemon juice while mixing.
  • Adjust lemon juice according to taste.
  • Adding more chillies gives an nice taste

ingredients for lemon rice
Keep all your ingredients ready
cook and spread rice
Pressure cook rice with salt and sesame oil(to avoid stickiness). Spread them in a wide open vessel
chillies and squeezed lemon
Chop green onion and red chilli. Squeeze lemon juice and remove its seeds
mustard seeds
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let it crackle
peanuts, curry leaves
Add peanuts and curry leaves. Because peanut take some time to fry than other ingredients
add chillies
Add in chopped green chilli and red chilli
Then, add urad dal and channa dal. Do not let everything burn
Add in turmeric and saute for few seconds
lemon juice
Switch off the flame and add the squeezed lemon juice. If you add lemon juice while it is in flame, lemon rice may turn bitter
pour everything
Pour this over the rice
mix well
Mix well
Lemon Rice ready
Its ready


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