Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: South Indian

Tangy and full of flavour this is a great way to use up leftover rice


  • Leftover rice 2 cups
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsps
  • Lemon zest, grated 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds 1 tsp
  • Oil 2 tbsps
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves 5 to 6
  • Green chillies, slit lengthwise 2
  • Ginger, grated 1 inch
  • Peanuts, roasted ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Dry roast coriander seeds in a small non-stick pan, cool and pound in a mortar with a pestle to a coarse powder.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and saute till they splutter. Add curry leaves and green chillies, mix and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add ginger and peanuts, mix and saute for another minute.
  • Add turmeric powder and lemon zest and take the off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Add rice, roasted coriander powder and salt and mix thoroughly.
  • Place the pan back on heat, sprinkle 2 tbsps water and mix gently. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot with a raita of your choice.