Main course

How to prepare lemon rice

Lemon rice is most popular south Indian dish. It is also a favourite dish for all. Lemon rice is preferred to eat as tiffin or as a special dish in festivals. It is easy and simple to prepare at home. Let us see how to make lemon rice.


  • Boiled rice- 1 large bowl
  • Lemon juice- ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder- ½ spoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – ¾ cup
  • Ground nuts- ½ cup
  • Green chillies- 4 long halves (medium)
  • Cashew nuts- ½ cup
  • Grated carrot- ¼ cup
  • Chopped coriander leaves- 1 cup

For tempering:

  • Chaana dhal- 2spoons
  • Urad dhal- 1 spoon
  • Mustard seeds- ½ spoon
  • dry chillies- 2
  • Cumin seeds- ½  spoon
  • Curry leaves- 2 springs


Step 1: Heat oil in long bottomed pan, add chaana dhal, urad dhal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Fry them till the seeds break into half

Step 2: At low flame, add ground nuts, cashew nuts and green chillies and fry them till they turn into brown colour.

Step 3: Add turmeric powder and salt as required and mix it well.

Step 4: Take boiled rice in a vessel, add lemon juice and grated carrot to rice and mix it well.

Step 5: Add tempering mixture to rice and mix it well.

Step 6: Serve lemon rice in a plate and sprinkle coriander leaves.

Enjoy the taste of south Indian popular recipe-lemon rice!!