Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recipe: Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice is a South Indian dish which is a favorite of many and so easy to make. It is usually made for special occasions such a a festival or a birthday; and is often served at the temple. In our household, we love it and have it quite frequently! You can also make it easily if you have some rice leftover and you don't know what to do with it. Lemon Rice is eaten plain, or with tomato chutney.

Madh Mama's Lemon Rice

Serves 3 people (and a baby!)


- juice of 2 lemons
- 2 green chillies
- 2 inches fresh ginger (chopped small)
- 10 curry leaves
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp urad dal
- 1 tsp chana dal
- 1/4 cup nuts (cashews or peanuts)
- 1 dry red chili (broken up into pieces
- 4 dashes asefoetida
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp peanut oil (for a nutty flavor)

- large saute pan


Cut the chillies lengthwise into quarters, without taking the stem off.

Chop the ginger into small pieces.
Cut the lemons in half, juice them, and keep aside.

Heat up the oil in the pan and add mustard seeds.

When they start to crackle, add the asefoetida, dals, red chilli, and cashews.

Let it saute until the dals turn a golden brown color.

Then add the green chillies and curry leaves and let it sautee for a few minutes.

 Then add the turmeric and let it saute for a few minutes further.

*It is important to give each spice time for the flavor to develop*

Then add the fresh lemon juice and let it saute for a minute.

Add the cooked rice as a layer on top of the spices.

Push the rice aside in the pan to make room for the ginger, and saute for a minute.

Then, mix it all together thoroughly.

And voila!

You can serve it by itself....

Or with tomato chutney!



  1. I love lemon rice with a side of curd and potato chips :) is that weird? My ex taught me if so hehe.
    Your recipe is a much simpler way to make it. I was taught to spread the cooked plain rice out on a big thali plate and sprinkle over it the lemon juice then the turmeric and then the tadka then mix the whole thing. I prefer this method and will try it next time I want to make .Thanks for the great step y step pics.

    1. No way, I love it with chips too! ;)

  2. You have no idea how hungry I am after reading this post, lovely pictures. I am a south indian and love lemon rice.


    1. Awwwww glad to make you hungry! Come over for dinner! ;)

  3. I asked Al if he had eaten this and he replied that this used to be the lunch his mum send with him to school most days. I have to try making this!

    1. It is really delicious and I love it in the hotter months. It is really easy to make!

  4. chopped ginger??


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