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south indian style lemon rice
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4.29 from 7 votes

Easy Lemon rice

Lemon rice is a great way to use left-over cooked rice.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chintapandu puliyogre, lemon rice, nimmakaya pulao, nimmakaya pulihora, pulihara, puliyogre, south indian lemon rice
Servings: 4


  • 1.5 cup cooked rice

For tempering

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal/split black gram soaked in water for 20 mins and drained
  • 1 tablespoon channa dal/split bengal gram soaked in water for 20 mins and drained
  • ¼ cup peanuts fried
  • ¼ cup cashews optional
  • Generous pinch of heeng/asafoetida Avoid if gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 3 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 dried red chilli
  • Salt as per taste


  • Cook rice and keep it aside. Ensure they are not mushy.
  • Add turmeric and lemon juice to rice, keep it aside.
  • In a pan,heat oil and and saute peanuts, keep it aside.
  • Add mustard seeds,let it splutter.
  • Add curry leaves followed by chillies and soaked lentils.
  • Let it roast.Add asafoetida & ginger
  • Add peanuts,rice and mix well
  • Serve hot.


Note: Do not cook rice with double quantity of water. This may make it mushy.
You may also use left over rice for this recipe.Only add the lemon mix to it.