Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )


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Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )

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लेमन राईस - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) in Hindi) 
લીંબુવાળા ભાત - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) in Gujarati) 

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Rice is the much-loved staple food of South Indians. The day begins and ends with steaming hot rice, which is enjoyed in different ways.

In a traditional meal, the rice is relished with soupy rasam or spicy sambhar. Or, the rice is mixed with tempering and flavouring ingredients to make delectable preparations like Tamarind Rice Peanut Rice or Lemon Rice.

Such one-dish rice meals are called as variety rice, mixed rice or rice bhaat in South India. They make a convenient meal on a busy day, and are just perfect to carry in the lunch dabba as they taste awesome even after a couple of hours.

Here is an authentic recipe for Lemon Rice, a traditional rice dish with a refreshing citrusy flavour. It is also made as part of the many-course traditional South Indian meal. Check out our article on how to serve a traditional South Indian meal.

Enjoy how to make Lemon Rice recipe with detailed step by step photos and video.

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Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes ) recipe - How to make Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings (4serving )
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  1. To make the lemon rice, heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the urad dal, chana dal, and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Add the ginger, red chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the turmeric powder and rice, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the lemon juice and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve hot.

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If you like Lemon Rice

  1. Lemon Rice ( South Indian Lemon Rice)  is an ideal recipe for quick lunch. Also, you can carry lemon rice in lunchbox. Apart from that, you can make other South-Indian rice recipes like :

For cooking the rice:

  1. For making the lemon rice, we will first cook the rice. For that, wash around ¾ cup of rice few times and soak with enough water for half an hour. Washing helps in removing excess starch from the rice which eventually results into non-sticky grains. Most commonly short-grained rice are used to make South Indian lemon rice but, you can make use of any variety of rice.
  2. After half an hour, drain the rice using a strainer.
  3. Boil 4 cups of water in a deep pan. Alternatively, you can even pressure cook the rice.
  4. Also, add oil. Oil coats the rice grain helping us to achieve separate grains on cooking
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Add the soaked and drained rice.
  7. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes or till the rice is 95% cooked.
  8. Drain with the help of a strainer. You can even refresh using cold water to discontinue the internal cooking process. Keep aside.

For lemon rice:

  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the urad dal. They add a nice crunch to the Lemon Rice.
  3. Also, add chana dal. You can even add peanuts and cashew nuts
  4. Add the curry leaves.
  5. Sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute or till the dals turn light brown in colour.
  6. Add the ginger. The addition of curry leaves and ginger enhances the flavor of lemon rice.
  7. Add the red chillies.
  8. Sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the turmeric powder.
  10. Also, add rice
  11. Mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously. It is advisable to cook rice 2-3 prior to cooking the yellow rice. In fact, best results are achieved by using leftover rice as they barely have any moisture.
  12. Add the lemon juice to Lemon Rice
  13. Add the salt to the Lemon Rice, South Indian Lemon Rice. Adjust the quantity of lemon juice according to sour taste you would prefer.
  14. Mix well and cook Lemon Rice, South Indian Lemon Rice on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  15. Serve the Lemon Rice, South Indian Lemon Rice hot with pappadum and yogurt.
  16. Our website has a huge collection of authentic South Indian recipes, glance through it to explore more recipes from different regions of South.
Accompaniments

Sambhar 
Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy175 cal
Protein2.6 g
Carbohydrates26.7 g
Fiber1.7 g
Fat6.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium3.5 mg

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Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 07 Sep 18 07:16 AM


Excellent! Used long-grain brown rice and diced green chili - came out delish!
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them.Happy Cooking !!
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07 Sep 18 08:56 AM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 04 Apr 18 08:29 AM


The recipe came out real tasty. I just could not make out what to accompany this with??
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Tarla Dalal    Serve it with stir-fries (poriyal) or any pickle.
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07 Sep 18 09:02 AM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 23 Oct 17 01:31 PM


TASTY
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them..Happy Cooking !!
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23 Oct 17 02:27 PM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 26 Sep 17 04:19 PM


Im from tamil nadu. I tried your lemon rice recipe. I didnt use basmathi rice. I used ponni rice. It came out good. Thank you so much
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words.. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them.. Happy Cooking !!
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26 Sep 17 04:50 PM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 10 Apr 17 01:03 PM


Your recipe is very nice EXCELLENT ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shubham, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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10 Apr 17 03:01 PM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 29 Jan 17 11:08 AM


Hello! I am a great fan of Tarla Dalal.T This lemon rice recipe is a big hit in my house.My entire family just loves it.Easy to prepare and delicious!!!
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Milan, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
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30 Jan 17 08:52 AM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 05 Jan 17 02:15 PM


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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shivani , we are delighted you loved the Lemon Rice recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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05 Jan 17 02:36 PM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 12 Jun 16 06:48 AM


Which curry goes with this lemon rice??
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Drashti, Lemon Rice is usually enjoyed by itself. However if you yet want an accompaniment then you can serve with spicy chutney.
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13 Jun 16 04:42 PM
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
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 on 14 Aug 14 10:26 AM


This South Indian Lemon Rice is a very easy recipe, it is made within minutes. the flavour of lemon juice along with curry leaves, urad dal and dry red chillies is fab !! It is sure to be loved by all..