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Nutty Lemon Rice Recipe

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add grated turmeric, ginger, and chopped green chilies and cook for a minute.
  • 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.
  • Add chopped cilantro and mix well.



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