South Indian Lemon Rice (Vegan & Gluten Free)

South Indian Lemon Rice is a sweet-smelling rice dish; very handy to prepare and can be cooked in no time. This is a great recipe for those who love lemon. Lemon rice is an admirable consolidation of lemon and turmeric flavor, and adding peanuts to this recipe makes it more gratifying.


• Cooked Basmati Rice – 2 Cups
• Oil – 2 Tbsp
• Mustard Seeds – 1 Tsp
• Split Bengal Gram (Chana Dal) – 1 Tsp
• White Lentils (Urad Dal) – 1 Tsp
• Ginger, finely chopped – 1 Tsp (If you are using)
• Curry Leaves – 1 Tbsp
• Green Chilies, Chopped – 2
• Dried Red Chilies – 4-5 small
• Cashew Nuts – 1 Tbsp
• Peanuts – 4 Tbsp
• Turmeric Powder – 1 Tsp
• Fresh Lemon Juice – 4 Tbsp
• Salt To Taste
• Pinch Of Asafetida (Hing)


1. Heat the 2 Tbsp oil in a large non-stick frying pan.
2. Add mustard seeds, split Bengal gram, white lentils and stir-fry until lightly browned.
3. Add peanuts and cashew nuts to it, and sauté till they turn golden brown.
4. Now add the dried red chilies, curry leaves, chopped green chilies and stir-fry for 1 minute.
5. Add cooked rice, asafetida, turmeric powder, lemon juice, and salt.
6. Mix well. Stir fry until heat through. Try not to break up the grains too much.
7. To serve, place the rice onto serving plates.
8. Turn off the heat and Cover the rice for about 5 minutes. Lemon Rice is ready.
9. Serve delicious lemon rice with raita, chutney, pickle, and Papad.