Lemon Rice


3-4 cups cooked rice
1.5-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split urad dal
1 green chilli, finely chopped
10-12 curry leaves
A pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp cashews, halved
2 tbsp peanuts
2-3 tbsp oil
Salt as required


1. Firstly, cook the rice and keep aside. Then squeeze lemon juice from the lemon. If you want more tangy taste you can add more lemon juice. Keep aside.
2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add peanuts to it. Fry the peanuts on a medium flame till they become golden and crunchy. Remove them and keep aside.
3. In the same pan, add cashews. Fry till the cashews turn golden. Remove them and keep aside.
4. In the same pan add 1 tbsp of oil. When the oil becomes hot, add the mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds start crackling, add urad dal to it. Saute the urad dal on low flame till they turn golden.
5. Now add in curry leaves and chopped green chilli. Saute them for a few seconds. Switch off the flame.
6. Next add turmeric powder and asafoetida. Mix them well. The tempering mixture is ready.
7. Now add in the cooked rice to this tempering mixture. Add the fried peanuts and cashews. Add the lemon juice. Add salt to it as required. Mix them very well.
8. Check the taste and add in more lemon juice or salt if required. Keep the lemon rice covered for some time for the flavors to blend.
9. Serve lemon rice with papads or coconut chutney or curd. Lemon rice can even be served plain.