Lemon rice recipe: Super quick, tasty and healthy one pot lunch idea for your crazy busy days!
Lemon Rice recipe

Lemon Rice Recipe – One Pot Lunch Idea!

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Lemon Rice is a super quick lunch idea for your busy day. This recipe is the most basic variant to your plain rice to color it up.

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This lemon rice recipe is a very convenient variety rice recipe because it literally takes just under 5 minutes to make when you have cooked rice ready.

You can use any leftover white rice to make Lemon rice too. You need not waste the rice which would not look inviting if left that way. Try making this and you will find that it will be gone before you realize it 😉

Lemon Rice Recipe


  1. Lemon – 1
  2. Cooked Rice – 1 cup
  3. Mustard seeds(aavaalu/kadugu) – 1 tsp
  4. Chana Dal (shanaga pappu) – 1 tsp
  5. Red chili – 2
  6. Curry leaves (karivepaku/karivepula) – 10
  7. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  8. Groundnuts (peanuts) – 15 (optional)
  9. Salt – as needed
  10. Oil – 1 tbsp


  • Heat a thick-bottomed pan and add oil to it. On a medium low flame, crackle the mustard seeds first.
  • Then fry the chana dal, ground nuts, red chili and curry leaves.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt to it and switch off the stove.
  • Now squeeze the lemon juice into this.
  • Add the white rice to this pan and mix gently.
  • Lemon rice is ready! Serve it with potato chips or papad or fryums or simply have it as it is.
Lemon Rice recipe

Also read: Delicious Tangy Tamarind Rice Recipe


  • When I don’t have a lemon, to use any leftover rice from the afternoon, I simply use this recipe without lemon. It makes for an awesome fried rice kind of recipe and will be quickly enjoyed by your family 🙂
  • You can use green chilies instead of red chilies for more spice.
  • Add asafoetida (hing/inguva/perungayam) if you use groundnuts. It helps reduce gas in the stomach. Thanks dear Swetha Priya M for the suggestion 🙂
  • My favorite chips to go with this lemon rice recipe are Kettle Brand Potato Chips.

Also read: Easy and Quick Lunch Box Veg Recipes

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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 192 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

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