South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe

South Indian Rice
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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 portions (2 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1039 Calories
21g Fat
189g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 portions (2 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 1039
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 169998mg 7,391%
Total Carbohydrate 189g 69%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Protein 28g
Calcium 230mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon rice is one of the most common dishes in South India. It's usually eaten alone or with raita, yogurt, chutney, or Kosambari (a type of salad).

You can easily throw together if you are in a hurry, as it can be made with leftover rice. Add some poppadums on the side for a simple yet tasty meal.


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  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 to 4 curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted and unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice or leftover rice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe ingredients
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  2. Gently roast and then coarsely grind the coriander seeds into powder. Set aside.

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  3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chilies. Fry the mixture until the spluttering stops.

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  4. Add the ginger and peanuts. Fry the mixture for another minute.

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  5. Add the turmeric powder and turn off the burner.

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  6. Add the lemon juice and mix well.

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  7. Add the rice, roasted coriander powder and salt to taste and mix thoroughly.

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  8. Enjoy!


  • If you don't have a mortar and pestle to grind the coriander, a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder works wonderfully.

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