Lemon Rice

by Kiran on June 24, 2015 · 22 comments

in Indian, Stir Fry, Vegetarian


So comforting. And lemons, makes it so light, tangy and savory — light enough that its almost too easy to devour it all in one seating.

Done it. Not guilty, one bit.

Lemon Rice | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
Its just as delicious with quinoa, brown rice or any choice of grains. But there’s something about fluffy basmati rice that makes this the “best” version of savory lemon rice.

You want to trust me on this because the proof is when I ate it all, in one seating.

Again, not joking here.

Lemon Rice | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food

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Serves 3


  • 2.5 cups of cooked rice, preferably day old
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 1/2 large lemon, juiced


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium. Add cooking oil. Once oil is hot, sprinkle in mustard seeds. Wait for it to sputter, before adding raw cashews, turmeric powder, chopped green chili and curry leaves.
  2. Stir fry until cashews are lightly browned. Sprinkle in salt and grated coconut. Stir to coat everything evenly.
  3. Dump in cooked rice and lemon juice. Fry for another minute, remove from heat and serve immediately.


Lemon Rice | @KiranTarun http://kirantarun.com/food
The versatility of lemon rice recipe sees no bound — add peanuts, dried cherries etc.. use your imagination and whatever it may be, deliciousness is guaranteed 😀

What’s your favorite savory lemon recipes?


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1 Rosa June 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM

I love basmati rice and this kind of recipe. Simply fabulous and wonderfully fragrant.




2 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 10:54 PM

Thanks Rosa — lemon rice is so light for summer, almost a non-indulgent guilt 🙂


3 John/Kitchen Riffs June 24, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Love lemon! Never tried it with rice, though — such a great idea. And I love the spices you’ve added — so much flavor. Thanks!
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4 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

Oh you should!! Do it now 🙂


5 dixya | food, pleasure, and health June 24, 2015 at 1:04 PM

i love lemon pound cake, does that count. I cant wait to try this rice because I eat a lot of rice and it gets boring..
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6 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

Oh yes, lemon pound cake counts any day 🙂


7 Shashi at RunninSrilankan June 24, 2015 at 2:49 PM

I love curry leaves in rice – they smell so fragrant! This rice sounds wonderful, Kiran!
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8 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 10:58 PM

Couldn’t agree more about curry leaves 🙂


9 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 24, 2015 at 10:40 PM

I have never had lemon rice..didn’t even thought of using lemon in rice. Now I can’t wait to give it a try!
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10 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

Angie, you should. It’s a revelation 😀


11 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 25, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Love that brightness from the lemon, I want this rice for dinner tonight!
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12 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Have it! And rejoice 🙂


13 Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 26, 2015 at 4:02 AM

Lemon rice looks so delicious and inviting! You made it look so exotic! Beautiful! 🙂


14 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Thanks so much, Anu 🙂


15 Nava Krishnan June 30, 2015 at 8:13 AM

Indeed my fav. I love anything with sour taste. Made before some time back. This one certainly is delicious.
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16 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

Thanks Nava! Lemon rice can be so comforting 🙂


17 Nusrat Azim June 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

A recipe which I can put all my trust on.
The taste that will leave one full-on satisfied.
Pictures that can be labeled “Enchanting, charming, inviting”.

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18 Kiran July 1, 2015 at 11:04 PM

Thanks love! Hope you are having a safe Ramadan.


19 Julie July 6, 2015 at 12:46 PM

This sounds awesome! I’d be so curious to see how it would work with cauliflower “rice” as a low carb option. Are curry leaves and fresh coconut something you easily find? I have access to shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut, but haven’t seen fresh coconut anywhere around my area.


20 Kiran April 6, 2017 at 7:55 PM

Julie — it’ll be awesome with cauliflower “rice”. Curry leaves and fresh coconut is readily available at your local Indian grocery store. Sometimes frozen, and that’s good too 🙂


21 Bea July 8, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Sounds absolutely amazing!


22 Kiran April 6, 2017 at 7:55 PM

Thanks Bea 🙂


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