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lemon rice served in a white bowl with curry leaves and lemon in the background

Lemon rice

This delicious vegan rice dish - lemon rice is from South India. This subtly flavored rice dish is very refreshing and is perfect for summers.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword easyindiancooking, easyrecipe, lemonrice, quickrecipe, ricerecipe, southindian, Vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 339kcal


  • 4 cups boiled rice
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice you can also use lime juice and change the quantity as per your taste
  • 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped/ grated
  • 1.5 tbsp urad dal split & skinless black lentil
  • 1.5 tbsp chana dal begnal gram
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 dry red chilies broken into 2-3 pieces, each
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt as per taste


  • Heat oil in a pan and add peanuts to it, saute for a few seconds and then add dry red chilies.
  • When the peanut starts changing color, add urad dal, chana dal, and mustard seeds.
  • Once the lentils start changing color, add curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well and saute for a few seconds. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of water to avoid burning of turmeric.
  • Next, add in the boiled rice and lemon juice. Mix well and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the gas.
  • Serve with sambhar/ rasam or any dal/ curry of your choice.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg