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Lemon Rice | Nimbehannu Chitranna

Life has a curious way or presenting twists and turns..While I was paired with Priya of the famous blog – Now Serving for this week’s bloghop, I had chosen Thai Green curry first. I even did my grocery shopping and was ready with all the veggies, but I didnt realise I would be inundated with daughter’s school project. And while S is travelling and unable to pitch in, most of my waking time last week seemed to be lost on this.. I am writing this post with bleary eyes, hoping that the project would end today 🙂 Whew ! So in what seemed a ready challenge (I love thai Green Curry a lot, and was looking forward to making it too !), I chanced upon an old post from Priya – Lemon Rice

I am a fan of lemon rice in my family like nobody’s business  : give it to me anytime, anywhere, anyday.. Mom says she used to cook extra rice over night so she could make this as a quick item for my school dabba, and after coming back home I used to ask her to make it again for evening:such is my tryst with this flavoured rice, and although some new Pulavs like the Soya Chunks Pulav does interest me, nothing pleases me as punch as does Lemon Rice. This isnt too much of a recipe, but as Priya says in her post, and also what I believe, Lemon rice is NOT lemon+rice.. Its a lot more than that – loads of love and some finely cooked rice. 

I served this with potato wafers and Katrikkai Pachadi (Eggplant raitha) and we all enjoyed it immensely. Actually,I was truly surprised that inspite of making this dish almost every week, I hadn’t posted it yet. Like most family favourites, it comes with different variations. This is a quick lunchbox option for kids too – it tastes better if the rice is cooked and cooled..Of course,I have promised myself that I would make that Thai Curry soon 🙂 If only wishes were horses. Anyways, loved reading your posts Priya – its truly a gourmet-food-brought-home-kind-of-collection that you have, and here’s to many more of them 🙂 Sending this to Bloghop wednesdays and Kavi’s HCC – event by Smitha .

Meanwhile, if you have any Chinese dishes made during Nov 2011, do link them up to Flavours of China event @ my blog – event ends today. Don’t also forget to visit my blog for a wonderful giveaway


Prep time : 10 mins.Cooking time : 10 mins.Serves : 2


  • Pre cooked rice – 1 cup (cooked and cooled)
  • Lemon juice – 2 TBSP (adjust to taste)
  • Oil -2 TBSP
  • Raw peanuts – a handful (opt.)
  • Onions – sliced – 1 no.
  • Salt – to taste


  • Green chillies, curry leaves, mustard, urad dal, channa dal
  • Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Garnish : Coriander, grated coconut, roasted cashew.

Optional addons to this rice : blanched green peas, sauteed capsicum.


1) Spread the cooked rice in a large plate and fluff it up a bit. You may use normal household rice, the basmati is generally not suitable for this.

2) In a pan, heat oil and prepare the tempering. Once mustard stops spluttering and the dals brown a bit, add the salt, turmeric, peanuts and onions. Saute till onions brown slightly. 

3) Now add the rice and give it a quick stir while on low flame.

4) Take it off the flame and add in the lemon juice and switch off the flame. Add coriander, coconut and serve hot with wafers and any raitha. For me though, just plain lemon rice will do 🙂




  1. One of the easiest and perfect for lunch box kalyani.

  2. Very flavourful healthy rice.

  3. My favourite rice.Looks delicious

  4. Priya Suresh

    Our all time favourite,can have simply with fried potatoes..

  5. Lovely pic Kalyani and a favourite rice dish too

  6. Love lemon rice…

  7. thanks for the wonderful tribute, Kalyani – I am single mom this week too with hubby away at Florida so I know how it feel … now add in chauffeur, cleaning maid, errand boy and mom and cook — you get the picture!!! tells you why I am itching to come back to india!!! Hope your daughter's project turned out as well as your lemon rice 🙂 hugs, 'priya

  8. The easiest and yummiest breakfast idea possible

  9. Aruna Manikandan

    looks perfect and delicious 🙂

  10. Santosh Bangar

    simple tasty one pot meal
    do visit my site

  11. Sensible Vegetarian

    Delicious comfort food and addition of onion sounds very interesting. Got to try your way.

  12. Priya Sreeram

    my fav too ! hope the project went fine

  13. Easiest and yummy rice

  14. my fav rice dish

  15. Very nicely said about Lemon Rice, mostly i also turn my left over rice to Lemon Rice…. 🙂

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  16. I was surprised to see lemon rice at its not madarasi blog 🙂

  17. I prepare it often for my lunchbox. yes. sometime with leftover rice too.

  18. looks yummy and delicious ………….

  19. Kaveri Venkatesh

    Lemon rice and coconut rice make their appearance in my daughter's lunch box once every week.. An all time family favorite.

    Herbs & Flowers: Spring Onions

  20. This is an easy preparation without compromising on the taste. Looks lovely!

  21. Mmmmmmmmmm love it!!!
    Just like you, 'anytime, anywhere, any day' 😀 😀

  22. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Easy to make Mixed Rice!!!!

  23. My favourite too.

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