Prepare time: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Serves: 2 Persons


  • 2½ cups Steamed Rice (or 3/4 cup raw rice)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Peanuts (ground nuts)
  • 6-8 Cashewnuts (kaju), optional
  • A pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad Dal (split black gram)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chana Dal
  • 7-8 Curry Leaves
  • 1-2 Dry Red Chillies, broken into pieces
  • 1-2 Green Chillies, cut lengthwise, optional
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1½ tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste

Directions For Making Lemon Rice

  1. Wash and soak 3/4 cup raw rice in water for 15 minutes. Cook it with 1&1/2 cups water in a pressure cooker for 2-whistles over medium flame. 
  2. Remove the cooker from the flame and let the pressure inside pressure cooker comes down naturally. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. 
  3. Cook the rice 2-3 hours in advance to keep the rice grain separated. You can also use the leftover rice for this recipe.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan over medium flame. Add 3 tablespoons raw peanuts and 6-8 cashew nuts.
  5. Stir fry them until they turn light golden brown. Transfer them to a plate.
  6. Add remaining 1-tablespoon oil in the same pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds; when they start to crackle, add a pinch of asafoetida, 1 teaspoon urad dal and 1/2 tablespoon chana dal. Saute until they turn light golden brown.
  7. Add 7-8 curry leaves, 1 dry red chilli and 1 green chilli.
  8. Saute for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add steamed rice.
  11. Add fried peanuts and cashew nuts, lemon juice and salt.
  12. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the flame. Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.

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