Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice Recipe | How to make Lemon Rice | Chitraana Recipe

Bursting with the flavors of lemon and curry leaves, here I bring you the Lemon Rice Recipe. One of the most easy to make and flavourful rice.

Lemon Rice is a no-onion no-garlic, gluten-free and suitable for vegans recipe. 

As the famous saying… When Life gives you Lemons make some Lemonade.. but I ill tell you make this refreshing lemon rice !! with the summery lemony flavour and crunch of nuts and lentils.

It is one of the best ways to use leftover rice, a light dish for hot summer afternoon with chilled plain yogurt or any raita and it is also quick wholesome dish to packing lunch box. Kids and grown ups all love this citrusy rice.

Checkout Boondi Raita with homemade boondi, recipe from the blog..

What kind of Rice I need to make this…

I always use long grain Basmati rice for any rice preparations , but you can use Jasmine rice.

Use left over rice or make a fresh batch. When using fresh rice always cool it , refrigerate for atleast 30 mins and then prepare. Just like the Chinese Veg. Fried Rice, if you do not want mushy rice dish, it is always better to refrigerate it. Do not use hot rice.

Other Ingredients..

Lemons of course and must. you can use limes also, I mostly use these as the taste of lime juice resembles much with the lemons that we get in India but you can always use lemons. For a more robust lemony flavour, use lemon zest also along with lemon juice.

Lentils– like Chana Dal(Split Chickpeas Lentils, Urad Dal(Split Black Gram Skinned) are use for the crunch. Peanuts and Cashewnuts also add nice crunch and flavour of rice.

Spices –cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric for the beautiful yellow color. I prefer using fresh curry leaves for this rice, but incase you do not have access to fresh ones you can add the dried ones also. Do not have curry leaves at all.. do not worry, add few fresh basil leaves, trust me it adds a nice flavour to it.

Fresh ginger and green chilies along with whole red chilies for flavour and spicy kick.

Let’s get started and see in detail how I make this flavourful refreshing  citrusy Lemon Rice.

Lemon Rice with Boondi Raita

Lemon Rice

Bursting with the flavours of lemon and curry leaves, here I bring you the Lemon Rice Recipe. One of the most easy to make and flavourful rice. A no-onion no-garlic dish that is gluten-free and suitable for vegans. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Main
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 2


  • Non stick pan/ Kadhai
  • Laddles


  • 2 Cups Cooked Steamed Rice
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon rind
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Broken Cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Mixed Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Dhuli Urad Dal
  • 1-2 Dry Whole Red Chilli
  • 1-2 Green Chillies use as required
  • 7-8 Fresh Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Oil/Ghee


  • In a non-stic pan or kahdai, add oil, once the oil is warm enough, add mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds crackle, add cumin seeds and let it sizzle.
  • Keep the heat of gas-dtove to medium.Add lentils saute for a minute, add peanuts and cashewnut and fry fro 1-2 minutes, till you get the nutty aroma of roasted nuts.
  • Add curry leaves whole rede chilli and green chilies if using.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt and mix well.
  • Add rice, lemon rind and lemon juice and mix lightly, do not overmix.
  • Serve hot.


Use cold refrigerated rice for a beautiful texture.
You can skip lentils and add only cashewnuts/peanuts.
Limes or Lemons  both work well in the recipe.
Any good oil like peanut oil, olive oil or avocado oil is good to use. You can use ghee also it makes it more flavourful.
Keyword Chitranna, Instant Pot Rice recipes, Lemons

Stepwise pics to make Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice with Boondi Raita

What goes with Lemon Rice..

It is good to have on it’s own with a bowl of plain yogurt/dahi as it is called in India. We love this with boondi raita. The rice also goes well with any curry like aloo tamatar, Matar Paneer.

Do make this flavourful Lemon Rice and let me know your feedback.

Linking my Lemon Rice to my Facebook group.. Healthy Wellthy Cuisines, where the theme this fortnight is #Rice KhazanaatHW

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Do try this citrusy Lemon Rice my way.. a light and nutritious meal for hot summer days. Whenever you make it do share your feedback.

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22 thoughts

  1. This is my quick- fix menu, when I am in a hurry, I always end up making this. This is one of the dishes liked by all at home. Yours looks awesome.

  2. This dish is always a winner in our house! Tangy lemons add an amazing flavor and of course turmeric makes it beautiful and healthy! Fab share dear <3 This is a quick and easy yet flavorful filling dish !

  3. My family loves this tangy flavorful lemon rice. Perfect Summer afternoon treat with some papadum and salad. Lovely post !

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