Lemon Rice

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • 1 cup Cooked Rice
  • 1/2 Lemon Wedge (use more if you want a tangier rice)
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (preferably sesame oil – nalla ennai)
  • 1/5 cup Roasted Peanuts (remove peels if you want)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad Dal (split black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hing Powder (asafetida)
  • 1 tablespoon Curry Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder


  1. Spread out the rice on a plate. Add 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Let it cool completely
  2. Meanwhile, in a pan heat rest of the oil. Add mustard seeds. When that splutters, add cumin and urad dal too. Fry for 20 seconds or till urad dal turns lightly brown.
  3. Add curry leaves, hing and turmeric powder to the oil and let it fry for 10 seconds.
  4. Add the hot oil to the rice along with the roasted peanuts and salt and mix well without breaking up the rice
  5. Squeeze lemon over the rice and mix well. Cover and let it rest for 1-2 hours to let the flavors intensify.
  6. Serve as is or with chips or stir fried veggies