Easy Lemon Rice Recipe | One Pot Meal | Forks N Knives

Easy Lemon Rice Recipe | One Pot Meal

Monday, November 9, 2015

Learn how to make the easiest one pot meal from southern India- "Lemon Rice" with easy to follow step by step instructions.
Last Sunday, after being dead tired of my marathon baking sessions, i decided to cook a light weight refreshing meal for lunch. If you have pre-cooked rice, Lemon Rice gets ready in under 10 minutes

This recipe is inspired from my PG(Paying Guest) Aunty. While i used to live in Chennai after my training period, this lady used to cook meals for us(me & my roommates). All this while, i had no clue what a Variety Rice was!!  
Apparently people in Chennai have so many fancy dishes out of rice. 

Unlike other PG's, our Aunty was one of the best cooks ever. Till this date, i remember every single dish she made for us and this lemon rice is one among st them. On weekends while we lazed around, she would make these and give us. And then her snacks, tea, everything about her cooking was magical.

Cooked Rice- 4 cups
Ghee- 1tbsp
Hing(Asafoetida)-1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Peanuts-1 cup
Curry leaves -(4-5)
Urad Dal- 1 tsp
Red Chili-(2-3)
Turmeric Powder- 1tsp
Water- 1/4th cup
Lemon Juice-1 whole
Salt- as needed

Add salt in cooked rice and keep aside. Heat Ghee and Oil in a heavy bottom pan. Crackle mustard seeds, urad dal. Add hing, curry leaves, red chilies, peanuts. Roast on a low flame till peanuts are cooked. Add turmeric powder and saute for a minute till the raw smell of turmeric powder subsides. Add water and allow it to come to boil. Turn off the flame. Now add the lemon juice and mix with cooked rice. Serve hot with pickle.

1. You can add either more or less lemon juice as per your liking.
2. Same goes with the turmeric powder depending upon the color you like the rice to be.
3. This rice stays fresh at room temperature for 1-2 days as i remember often taking them for our long distance train journeys.
4. Hing is easily available at Indian Stores.
5. Make this vegan by skipping ghee and only using oil.


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  1. love how easy this is to put together! quick dinner ideas are the best, looks delicious Remya!

    1. Thank you so much Manali.. One pot meals are yayy always!

  2. Your recipe looks delicious! One quick question - I am not familiar with the ingredient Hing - is there a substitute or can you tell me a bit more about that ingredient? This looks so yummy and good!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Debra. You can get hing very easily in Indian stores. There is no substitute as such other than avoiding it in the recipe. It gives a very unique flavor, helps to tackle indigestion, is good for women and provides quick relief from menstrual cramps and so many more..Just search online for health benefits of hing. You will be convinced.

  3. One pot meals are the way to go! My husband loves rice, so I make a huge batch each week for him to take with his lunches. I will have to try out some of these flavors next time :)

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

  4. I need to try this...we love trying new rice dishes! Yours looks delicious!

  5. This looks fantastic, I LOVE an easy one pot recipe! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend :)

  6. I love Indian rice and curries, really they are my faves! And this is no exception! Pinned!

  7. Though a very simple one, Lemon rice is my favorite. Nice clicks :-)

  8. Hi Remya! Oh my gosh. This looks delicious. I love a nice rice dish, especially with other Indian food. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party. Hope to see you again.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  9. Oh man, everything in this dish is making my belly rumble, I am usually really lazy with my rice but have to give this a try!

  10. I like anything lemon - this sounds so flavorful!


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