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Simple Lemon Rice


15 min

Simple Lemon Rice

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15 min


4 persons




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Author: Monica Feluchi

Lemon rice is another traditional Indian dish that may become one of the major dishes for your everyday meals. Despite of the simple name, the dish involves diverse ingredients, which are quite unusual. Are you intrigued to cook lemon rice right away? Then you are welcome to do that!


  • lemon juice: 15 ml
  • rice: 2 cup
  • ground nut: 0.25 cup (roasted)
  • green chili pepper: 2 piece
  • ginger: 1 Tbsp (chopped)
  • dry red chili: 1 piece
  • turmeric powder: 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds: 1 Tbsp
  • Bengal gram: 3 Tbsp
  • urad dal: 1 Tbsp
  • peppercorn: 1 Tbsp
  • curry leaves: 1 piece (spring)
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • asafoetida: 1 tsp
  • oil: 3 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Boil rice in a deep pot and set it aside to cool down. Meanwhile, take a frying pan, heat it, add oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add Bengal gram, peppercorn, green and dry red chili, ginger. 

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  2. Then add urad dal, ground nuts, asafoetida, turmeric powder, curry leaves. You can also add chopped onion, if you like it. Mix the ingredients and sauté them a bit.


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  3. Then add boiled rice and salt to your taste. Mix the ingredients well.

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  4. Add lemon juice and mix everything well.


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  5. Finally, add oil, mix the dish, turn off the fire and serve lemon rice hot. Bon appétit!  


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History of the Simple Lemon Rice

Lemon rice, also known as Chitranna, is a popular dish in South India. It has been a traditional recipe for many years, and is often served at festivals and special occasions. The mixture of tangy lemon juice with the aromatic spices and fluffy rice makes it a perfect dish for any mealtime.

Tips and Tricks for Simple Lemon Rice Recipe

To make perfect lemon rice, it's important to note a few key tips and tricks:

  • Use long-grain rice for fluffy and aromatic rice.
  • When boiling rice, use a 2:1 ratio of water and rice, and add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.
  • Roast the ground nuts in low flame to ensure they are evenly cooked.
  • Be careful when spluttering mustard seeds as they tend to pop around the pan.
  • Soak the cooked rice in cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process and prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • Use fresh lemon juice to add a tangy flavor to the dish.

Tips for presenting the dish

Simple Lemon Rice can be easily presented with some additional garnishing. You can add a few slices of fresh lemon to the dish to give it a pop of color and flavor. Also, you can serve the dish with coconut chutney or any other South Indian chutney of your choice. For an added protein boost, you can add some sautГ©ed veggies or boiled eggs on top of the dish. Serve it hot and enjoy the meal!

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