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Lemon Rice

Prepared using leftover steamed rice, this is a nice and tangy side dish to your main course!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups leftover rice
  • 2 lemons squeezed
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanuts or cashewnuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • Peppercorns optional
  • 1 tbsp chana dal optional
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander for garnish


  • In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, peppercorns, dry red chilies, peanuts or cashewnuts, and chana dal. Sauté in a low flame for about two minutes
  • Once the nuts have turned golden brown, add garlic and onion. Then sauté again
  • Add turmeric powder, salt, vinegar, and lemon juice and cook for about 2-3 minutes
  • Add leftover rice to the mixture and let it cook for about 5 minutes
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot. You can also add more fried nuts to garnish
Keyword Lemon Rice, Quick Recipe