Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lemon rice recipe | Quick lunch ideas

     Lemon rice and all other mixed rice varieties are my favorite. I can eat without getting tired even every day for lunch. I just hate the usual cooking sambar, poriyal,kootu, rasam 😯. Give me a mixed rice and some vadams, I will be the most happiest person in the world. But I know most of the guys and kids hate this lemon rice. One main reason could be they got bored out of the lemon rice lunch box. Even I have heard elders speaking about a wife giving lemon rice for the hubbys/ kids lunch box like a sin!  At my home also no exception. Vj never like variety rice, so do Aj. Aj dont even touch lemon rice or tamarind rice/ coconut rice. He likes only spicy, masala kind of rice like tomato rice/ pulao, biryani. Ah, look at the taste of this guy! Spicy lover 😎.
   But one fine day, when I was talking to Vj something about lemon rice, he told, who said I dont like lemon rice, I do like if I get thenga chutney as side dish. First I thought he is talking about thenga thogayal. Then he again said thenga chutney ground with pottu kadalai and a bit water to add. I was surprized as I heard that for first time. Then when I was talking to Jey, I was expecting her too to get surprized by that combination. But when She too joined and said yeah I too like that combination and people DO eat like that, then I knew I only had no idea about that combination😌. And yes I tried it twice after that with chutney, its really awesome. So you too can try this. May be you love it?!

Lemon rice recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 3


Cooked rice - 2 & 1/2 cups

Lemon (I used Indian lemon) - 2

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed

To temper

Sesame oil - 2 tblsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1 tbsp

Peanuts - 2-3 tblsp

Red chilli - 3

Green chilli - 4

Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  1. Cook rice with water ratio 1 :2 for 3 whistles. After done, transfer to a broad bowl and add a tsp of oil and a tsp of salt and mix carefully once and keep aside.
  2. Squeeze lemon and collect the juice. Heat a kadai/ pan with oil, add mustard, once spluttered, add urad dal, channa dal, peanuts and redchilli. Fry till golden.
  3. 1-lemon-rice
  4. Then add green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida and turmeric. Give a quick stir and add the lemon juice. If you want you can add a tbsp of water and switch off the stove. Add salt and mix well.
  5. 2-lemon-rice
  6. Add it to the cooled rice and mix well. Adjust salt, sesame oil as desired.
  7. 3-lemon-rice


  • After tempering, just switch off the stove and add lemon juice if you don’t want to loose the vitamins. You can also directly squeeze the lemon over the cooked rice like my mom does.
  • Add turmeric generously. Then only you may get the colour.
  • Adding red chillies and green chillies help a lot in flavour + spiciness.
  • I used basmati rice , but you can use any rice or even do with left over rice.
  • Give some standing time for the lemon rice to get the tastes incorporated well.
  • Usually the tanginess should be more when you taste immediately. But later it will get absorbed and taste balanced.

I totally love this simple quick lunch – Lemon rice, curd rice + mango thokku and homemade javvarisi vadam (thanks mami). And ofcourse Vj’s favorite side for this is Coconut chutney!



49 Stars(comments):

  1. Raji Seriously we used to make this combination always..and particularly dad love to eat lemon rice only with this combo.. Its really wonderful combo :)

  2. Yummy lemon rice!well captured!

  3. I love to have it with Coconut chutney also..nice clicks

  4. wow Aishu's fav,most of the time she ask me to pack lemon rice...wonderful spread...

  5. I love lemon rice- i prefer it to be spicy,tangy,hot and soft at the same time..nice spread

  6. We love lemon rice too.. Quick, simple and tongue tickling!!! love your tips and notes!!!
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  7. Same scenario here; I like variety rice and raja does not so I hardly make. But I will soon convince him just for a day showing your picture with the thayir sadham and the vadams, that may tempt him too.

  8. Its my fav , but sen is like anna. Have to ask whether he too likes with coconut chutney. Feeling hungry now, u tempted me a lot ;)

  9. Looks really good. And the rice is so perfectly cooked. May I know how you get so fluffy and thin grained rice? What brand of Basmati rice you use?

  10. Hi Raji How r u?
    Nice combo and neatly presented...

  11. Though i am not a big fan of Lemon rice i love this when there is coconut chutney.

  12. Raks have u tried the same thengai chutney with Vegetable fried rice and pulao ? if not pls try now ! divine ! my fav combination ! tooo thengai chutney well go with variety rice

  13. Love this too....the spread looks so yum

  14. WE love lemon rice at home very much. My son likes to take it in his tiffin box.

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  16. simple and delicious rice raji, We also love to have with coconut chutney, but I prepare it slightly in a different way :)

  17. Wonderful Combo which I never miss! Beautiful Clicks.

  18. Lemon rice and coconut chutney sounds yum the sabudana vadam on the pic..its my favorite...Nice pictures

  19. So that is the secret combo ..:) I too didn't have an the slightest clue about this combo.. Your spread looks very inviting..:))

  20. Serve me this rice with spicy potato fry,i can have it anytime.

  21. Janani, I used India gate Super Basmati rice in this one.

  22. ha ha..yeah. All guys have strange combination when it comes to eating. Never had chutney along with lemon rice. But i like tangy lemon rice. love the pictures.

  23. Looks absolutely mouthwatering!!

  24. Mouthwatering,yummy tangy rice.

  25. Looks delicious! The photograph is beautiful!

  26. looks very tempting! I always make lemon rice with sona masoori or ponni rice.

  27. Even me too never heard about this combo.Need to try out next time.

  28. One of my favourite love the pics..

  29. I make this whenever I am in a hurry.. its so simple and yet flavourfull that we just love it!

  30. Very good website. I recently started accessing to ur website and it is really handy and useful

  31. Wow looks so tempting....have to try lemon rice with coconut chutney next time...beautiful clicks and awesome clarity!

  32. i was the looking for the same and related info, what you describe on your article. I found your site through google search. Its helps me a lots and i understood that you are one of skill article writer/ blogger. I wish to follow your way for my own blog , So I have book marked your blog and hope to visit again to learn more. Thanks for your valuable efforts and time.

  33. hai Raji. Im bhuvaneswari from salem. ur dishes are excellent& very simple. which place R U lived in salem. reply.

  34. thanks for posting lemon rice :) really liked and tasted it lot :)

  35. Beautiful presented ... May I knw wher did u get those wooden bowl.. Looks nice..

    1. I bought it in Bali, Indonesia

    2. Are they really wooden? or plastic with the wooden-like design?

  36. Cooking has been my hobby (not an obligation). Being a man has its advantages as far as kitchen is concerned. Though I have always loved lemon rice, I have never tried cooking it myself. Today, I thought I should learn cooking it and my search engine came up with a few recipe pages including yours.

    You have nicely explained with clear instructions and additional tips. I particularly like the things you have mentioned under "notes".

    Great job! And thanks.

  37. Loved the prologue.. More like a neighbor share what happened in their home across the compound wall. ☺, love lemon rice.. Can live with just this.. Anytime!!

  38. It's a book marked recipe. It's really useful for me thanks for sharing

  39. I've tried this recipe twice. Very nice and healthy dish. It's simple to cook as well.

  40. Rak you ROCK!! I seriously love every recipe you make. Trust me I've tried a lot of them. I've only been cooking Indian food for the past few years and you have made it so much easier for me! Just so you know I am a white American married to a handsome south Indian. Thanks to you he loves my cooking. ;) I always talk about how I need to meet you someday. Thanks again!!

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  42. I made turned out really well..looked just like in the snap...very easy recipie...and described in a very simple manner...even an amateur will be able to follow

  43. Thank you all for your kind words and feedback 🙂


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