Lemon rice is a simple South Indian recipe that is both appetizing and healthy. This is an easy to make dish and the benefits of ingredients like asafoetida and turmeric are immense.
Serves: 4 people | Prep : 30 mins | Cooking : 15 mins

Health Hack: Lemon is a great source of vitamin C and peanuts are abundant in vitamins too. This dish is also a great way of including turmeric in the diet.
Fresh Ingredients
  • Basmati Rice – 250 gms
  • Onion - 1 medium, finely sliced lengthwise
  • Fresh Curry Leaves - 10-12
  • Lemon juice - 1 whole squeezed or to taste
  • Turmeric Powder - ½ tbsp
  • Red Chillies - 2 whole
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida - ¼ tsp
  • Peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Vegetable Oil - 4 tbsp

Step 1

Boil the basmati rice and allow it to cool. This is important for the grains to stay separate. Leftover boiled rice also works great.

Step 2

Heat oil in a pan and then add mustard seeds. When they splutter for 20-30 seconds add red chilies and peanuts.

Step 3

Once the peanuts are lightly roasted then add asafoetida, turmeric powder, and curry leaves

Step 4

Sauté for 10-15 seconds and then add sliced onion. Sauté for a couple of minutes until the onions turn soft.

Step 5

Now add rice to this tempering, sprinkle salt on top and squeeze lemon juice. Mix well and slowly to avoid breaking the grains.

Step 6

Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 minutes for all flavors to blend with the rice. Serve hot with yogurt and pickle.

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