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📋Quick Lemon Rice

One of the most popular lunch box recipes most South Indians opt for. It needs no fancy ingredients, can be made in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 681kcal


  • 2 cups rice cooked
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon urad dal
  • 2 teaspoon channa dal
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 2 dried red chilies broken
  • 3 green chilies chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 lemon juice extracted
  • 4 tablespoon fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves


  • Heat oil before adding mustard seeds. Let the seeds splutter. Put urad dal and channa dal and wait till they turn brown.
  • Add peanuts and saute till peanuts are browned.
  • Curry leaves goes in and then add ginger and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped green chilies along with dried red chilies. Add turmeric powder, salt to taste, mix well.
  • Remove the pan from stove and the mix cool completely.
  • Now pour lemon juice, give it a good mix.
  • Add this mixture little at a time to cooked rice and mix gently. Mix as much lemon mixture you need to the rice, check by tasting in between.
  • Remove rice from skillet and let it cool down a bit.
  • Add grated coconut along with chopped coriander, mix well.
  • Serve immediately with papad or potato fry.



Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg