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Lemon Rice | Easy Recipe of Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is a simple, quick and delectable recipe flavoured with a Desi Ghee Tadka to rice along with curry leaves, chana dal, chillies and lemon.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato sliced
  • 1 large fresh lemon
  • 10 small curry leaves fresh
  • 1 tablespoon Chana dal can soak for 15 min
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds black
  • 1.5 tsp Red Chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder(haldi)
  • 1 large Dried Red Chilly
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Desi Ghee
  • 3 cups Boiled Rice
  • 1/4 tsp Heeng (Asaefotida) optional
  • 1 tablepsoon raw mango grated, optional
  • salt as per taste


  • Wash all vegetables under tap and chop them in small chunks.
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  • You may soak Chana dal when you begin with the Tadka for around 15 min.
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  • I have used leftover rice. In case you wish to have fresh boiled rice, it would take additional 15 min. Soak rice for 20 min. Boil them for 10 min till tender and drain excess water from the pan.
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  • Take a heavy bottomed Kadai/Pan and heat desi ghee in it. Add 1/4 tsp Heeng. Add Mustard Seeds.
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  • Remove water from soaked Chana Dal and add it to kadai. Cook for less than a min.
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  • Add curry leaves.
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  • Add onions. Cook for 2 min till they are transparent.
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  • Add spices.
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  • Add chopped tomatoes.
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  • Add salt as per taste.
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  • Add grated Raw Mango. Cook for 1min.
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  • Add lemon juice around 1 tablespoon. Can add more if you want more tangy.
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  • Add boiled rice and mix well.
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  • The Lemon rice is ready!! Enjoy with curd or green chutney!!
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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: bowl
Servings: 3
Amount per serving  
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.1g 7%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 15%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 47.5g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Total Sugars 2.4g  
Protein 4.6g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 111mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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