Lemon Rice is a traditional recipe from South India. It is a very simple preparation and is absolutely delicious. Yes, and it is also one of the best ways to utilise leftover rice!

During my childhood, we had varied neighbours. Few were Keralites. I learnt to eat such foods at their houses or when we went for picnics and shared their foods. That is when I was introduced to lemon rice. Loved it a lot and since then it has been one of my favourites!

For more such dishes, do take a look at the following recipes too….

1. Biryani Rice

2. Masoor Pulao

3. Paneer Vegetable Pulao

4. Vegetable Pulav

Here’s the recipe for Lemon Rice….

Prep Time : 20 min

Cooking Time : 15 min

Serves : 4


  • 4 cups Cooked Rice
  • 3/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3-4 tsp Lemon Juice… To be adjusted as per preference
  • Salt to taste

To Be Roasted :

  • 3 tbs Raw Groundnuts (Peanuts)
  • 12 Cashewnuts

For The Tempering :

  • 3 tbs Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Daal (Split Black Skinless Daal)
  • 1 tsp Chanaa Daal
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (heaped)
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 2 Dry Red Bedgi Chillies…. Deseeded
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves (12 curry leaves)


  1. For making the Lemon Rice, we first need to cook rice so as to get 4 cups of it. Cool it down a bit.
  2. Next, heat a pan and add oil to it. Roast the peanuts and cashshewnuts in it separately and set them aside.
  3. In the same hot oil make a tempering by adding the mustard seeds .
  4. As soon as they splutter, add the asafoetida, urad daal, chanaa daal, chopped green chillies, deseeded red chilli pieces and the curry leaves.
  5. Add the turmeric powder and mix. Immediately add the cooked rice and salt to taste.
  6. Give it a good toss and add in the roasted peanuts and cashewnuts.
  7. Mix well and cover for a minute or two. Uncover and drizzle the lemon juice.
  8. Switch off the flame and mix all together. Check for seasoning and sourness. Adjust taste if required.
  9. Serve the delicious Lemon Rice alongwith some fresh homemade curds and some Fresh Turmeric Ginger Pickle in Lemon Juice.

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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