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)
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. )