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4.67 from 12 votes

Indian Lemon Rice Recipe

Indian Lemon Rice is one of those comfort foods most everyone loves for different reasons.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Soy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 292kcal



  • 1 ½ cup basmati rice
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon split cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoon grated turmeric roots
  • 1 strand curry leaves
  • 3 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Cilantro for garnishing


  • Soak the basmati rice for 15 mins in cold water.
    1 ½ cup basmati rice
  • Cook the rice with lots of water. Later drain the water after rice is cooked and place it aside. You could also steam the rice in a pressure cooker instead. Use a ratio of 1:1.5cup of water for every cup of rice.
  • Place a pan over medium heat add oil. As the oil heats up, add peanuts, and cashews. Fry them to a crispy consistency.
    ¼ cup peanuts, 2 tablespoon split cashew nuts, 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds and saute them until they start to sizzle. Now, add dry red chilies and curry leaves and saute for another 30 seconds.
    1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 dry red chili, 1 strand curry leaves
  • Add grated turmeric, ginger, and chopped green chilies and cook for a minute.
    2 green chilies, 3 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 teaspoon grated turmeric roots
  • Add salt to taste and mix in the cooked rice. Give it a good mix until the flavor is evenly distributed.
  • Switch off the heat and squeeze some fresh lemon juice.
    3 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Add chopped cilantro and mix well.
    2 tablespoon Cilantro for garnishing



Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg