Lemon Rice Recipe

Lemon Rice Recipe

Lemon Rice Chitranna Rice Recipe
Lemon Rice used to be only for our lunch box during school days along with Aloo fry or bindi fry and that’s makes a perfect lunch box recipe.  Lemon rice has to be one of most easy & quick variety rice recipe and the best part is it’s works well with fresh steamed rice or leftover rice.  Tangy, spicy South Indian dish popular not only during travel but also for festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navratri etc .   I make this only once in blue moon and lucky DH doesn’t fuss about eating this, on weekend I made this for a friend and she liked it very much, if you haven’t tried lemon rice yet then it’s high time you should do it now.  

Lemon Rice Nimmakaya Pulihora


Rice - 1 Cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Big Lemon – 1 [ Or 2 small lemons]
Onion – 1 [optional]
Green Chilies – 3-4
Dry Red Chili -1 [optional]
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Channa Dal – 1/2 tbsp
Urad Dal – 1 tsp
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida/Hing - a pinch
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cilantro - 2 tbsp [chopped]

Healthy South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe


1. Pressure cook 1 cup rice with 2 (or 2 1/2) cups water or do same as your regular way of cooking rice.  Rice should be soft but not mashed.  Chop onion and slit green chilies.
2. Once rice is cold enough to handle add salt, turmeric powder and lemon juice and mix gently.  Adjust salt, and lemon if required.
Lemon Rice Step viase pics recipes
3. In a wok heat oil, add hing, mustard seeds allow to crack.  Add ground nuts and sauté for 30 seconds.  Add channa and urad dal, curry leaves, green and red chili and sauté until golden brown.
Lemon Rice South Indian Recipe
4. Add onion and fry until translucent.
Lemon Rice with onion south indian style recipe
5. Add rice mixed with lemon juice, turmeric and salt.
Easy lemon rice recipe
6.  Mix well gently and garnish with cilantro.
Easy lemon rice recipe south indian style
Server warm or cold.

Easy healthy Lemon Rice South Indian Style

Notes ~
~ You can use leftover rice to make this.  If using leftover rice you can use 2-3 cups of cooked rice for this recipe.
~ You can add the seasoning with prepared rice and mix gently instead of adding rice to wok.
~ Don’t ever add lemon juice directly in hot seasoning, it will taste bitter.
~ Using onion is optional, I add only some times. 
~ You can use tbsp of cashew nuts along with peanuts. 
~ I didn’t use channa and urad dal as DH doesn’t like that.

And this goes my Festive Food: Ganesh Chaturthi Event.
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Have a nice day.
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  1. My Sons favourite and I do exactly same way you do.. Very nice click! I feel like having this for my lunch

  2. love this rice any time..just that we dont add onion for regular lemon rice..we add onion only when we r making with the left over rice and just love it.

  3. I enjoy having this with hot rassam and papad!

  4. Simple dish & looks so perfect & inviting!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. Nice clicks. i dont add onions. will try..

  6. quick and yummy recipe...love this...perfect lunch box recipe.

  7. Looks authentic Priti! Love the clicks :)

  8. You know Priti this is Aishu's fav lunch box menu,she wants it with potato fry:) Delicious recipe,loved the last click,classic:)

  9. This is a wonderful lunhc box recipe. Yummy!!

  10. What a lovely color and looks so delicious..

  11. Can survive for many days, simply love it.


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