Lemon Rice (South Indian Style)

Lemon Rice (South Indian Style)

Lemon rice is a popular dish in South Indian households. A lunchbox favourite, It is my go-to-recipe whenever I am in a hurry and want to fix a quick meal. It’s tasty and can be put together in a jiffy. It’s a big hit in my household with kids and adults both relishing the flavourful dish with papadams and fryums. 

Lots of variations could be made with this recipe by adding different kinds of spices but I like the tangy and spicy authentic South Indian version the most. 

So let’s get started with this easy recipe : 


2-3 cups boiled rice. 

1 & 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1/4th tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tsp mustard seeds 

1 tsp Chana dal (split Bengal gram)

2-3 green chillies roughly chopped

6-7 curry leaves 

2 tbsp oil (for tempering)

Salt to taste

A pinch of Asafoetida (optional)

2 tbsp Roasted peanuts/cashew nuts (optional) 

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. After it splutters and crackles, add chana dal, green chillies and curry leaves. Sautè them for a minute. Add turmeric powder and asafoetida and switch off the stove.

After the mixture cools down slightly, add lemon juice and salt to it and mix well. Now add the boiled rice and mix thoroughly. 

Your lemon rice is ready to be served. 

Have it with papadams and savour this flavourful delicacy for lunch. 🙂 

(Note : I haven’t added roasted cashews or peanuts as most of my family members aren’t a fan of them. You can add either of them with chana dal and fry them. ) 

(This blogpost is a part of monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event endeavours to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Cheryl at Business Chic )


4 thoughts on “Lemon Rice (South Indian Style)

  1. Sounds very tasty and simple. Love the sound of adding cashews (I love cashews).

    This post would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge, a monthly blog link up just for new food adventures. It’s a fun way to share your new food experiences with other foodies. This month’s theme is WORK DAY EATING which includes any recipe or food experience suitable for the work day such as lunch, snacks or easy meals.

    More info including how to submit your link here: http://bunnyeatsdesign.com/our-growing-edge/

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