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Lemon Rice - a Variation

Rice made with lemon juice and other spices

Recipe by christy gerald of Dubai, AE

This is one of the variety rices being served in TamilNadu-done easily in 18 mins cooking-time & a mild and less spicy Rice.This rice can be taken with potato masala,thick coconut chutney and Chicken Fry.Best suited for a packed-lunch(esp.for kids).

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 3 juicy lemon, squeeze the juice-measure the juice to be 3 tbsp at least
    • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
    • 1/2 tsp skinless urad dal
    • 1 tbsp split gram dal
    • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
    • a pinch of Asafoetida
    • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
    • 3-4 whole red chillies
    • 1/4 tsp grated ginger(optional)
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 3 green chillies-slit
    • 1 Onion-chopped fine
    • few curry leaves
    • few Coriander leaves
    • few fried onion rings
    • few ghee-roasted cashewnuts
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tsp refined oil


    1. Wash the basmati rice well and pressure-cook with 2 cups water up to 1 whistle. leave this aside.
    2. Heat the refined oil in a kadai.Fry mustard seeds,red chillies,urad dal, green chillies,chopped onions,split gramdal and curry leaves for 3 mins.
    3. Add the lemon juice,turmeric powder,green chillies, asafoetida,grated ginger and the salt.Mix this well.
    4. Allow this to boil for a min.When it begins to boil,turn off the flame within a min(otherwise the lemon rice will turn little bitter).
    5. Put the cooked basmati rice over it and mix well till it is evenly spread.Check for salt and garnish with roasted cashew nuts,fried onion rings and coriander leaves.
    6. Serve this Lemon rice with potato masala,thick coconut chutney and Chicken Fry.



    Hi Christy, your rice looks too yummy. I am a rice lover so I would love to try it out.Thank you.