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Lemon Rice
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4.84 from 6 votes

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a classic South Indian dish that provides a real punch of flavor without requiring too many ingredients. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chitranna, lemon rice, south indian
Servings: 8
Calories: 226kcal


  • 2 cups rice cooked basmati preferred
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • ¼ tsp hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 tbsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Heat oil. It is hot enough when adding a couple of mustard seeds causes them to pop.
    Heat oil
  • In order, with a couple of seconds in between, add mustard seeds, hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, green chili, urad dal, turmeric. Cook until urad dal turns golden (not dark brown), about 20-30 seconds.
    Add mustard seeds, hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, green chili, urad dal, turmeric
  • Add peanuts and cook until they turn golden, about 1 minute.
    Add nuts
  • Add water and rice. Stir and cook, for about 2 minutes. A little longer if the rice is cold.
    Add rice
  • Finish with lemon juice and salt. Stir to incorporate.
    Add lemon juice



Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg