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July 31, 2013


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Lemon rice is my most favourite among all the variety rice recipes. I can have a plateful of lemon rice without any accompaniment. But my mom makes a thick chutney with fried gram dal & coconut as a side dish. My dad never eats lemon rice without this chutney & a pickle Winking smile..I tried this once for my husband and he too liked it. Recently we went to Meenakshi amman temple in Bannergatta..We had lemon rice as prasadam and it tasted out of the world. I would say it is the best lemon rice i have ever tasted. It was mild yellow in color & i found they had raw rice & added some coriander leaves along with dals & chillies..Usually i use steamed rice for making lemon rice. But after tasting that prasadam , i too started using raw rice and add some coriander leaves whenever i have in hand.
As aadi 18 ( august 3rd) is nearing , i thought of posting this rice recipe. This is one among the 5 rice varieties ( lemon rice , puliyodharai , coconut rice , sakkarai pongal and curd rice) we offer to God on aadi perukku along with  pepper vada and payasam.. Do try this chutney & lemon rice combo , u may love it..


1 cup - 200ml
  • Raw rice – 1/2 cup (Good quality sona masoori) OR (steamed rice , basmati rice)
  • Lemon –  1 no  ( adjust based on the size & tanginess of lemon)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Channa dal – 1 tbsp
  • Peanuts – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Curry leaves – few
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp ( to garnish)
Gingely oil – 1 tbsp ( to add while mixing)

  • Pressure cook raw rice adding 1: 2.5 cups of water . Add a drop of oil before cooking.. Cook it separate & fluffy . Spread them in a plate & let it cool down.
  • In a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice removing the seeds. Add salt , turmeric powder & hing. set aside.
  • In a kadai , heat oil and temper the mustard seeds . After it splutters completely , add the dals & peanuts. Fry till they turn golden brown. Then add the pinched red chillies & slitted green chillies, curry leaves and a pinch of hing.
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  • Saute well , add the lemon juice , switch off the flame immediately & transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tsp of water in the kadai, give a swirl and add to the lemon juice mixture..
  • Add this mixture & gingely oil to the rice , mix well. Check for salt. Garnish with coriander leaves..Initially it tastes more tangy..But all the taste blends well when it rest for 30 mins to 1 hour before serving ..
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  • The water quantity may differ based on the quality of rice..If u used basmati , use 1:2 cups of water..
  • u can add also add the lemon juice directly in the rice instead of adding to the tadka..
  • Addition of peanuts is optional. I dint use here.  i dint add coriander leaves as it was out of stock.But addition of coriander leaves gives a nice taste..
  • Add gingely oil while mixing the rice.


dalia - chutney

  • Dalia/fried gram – 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Salt – As needed
  • Garlic cloves – 2-3 nos

  • Grind all the above ingredients to a thick paste adding less water..Serve !
dalia chutney tile

lemon rice - plate

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  1. Perfect lunch box meal.. It looks yumm chitra :)

  2. Lemon rice looks delicious. Never tried with chutney.

  3. I love the combo of lemon rice and coconut chutney, super tasty

  4. Yeah I too came to know this combo recently only before I posted. Will try this version too for vj.

  5. this combo is winning combo ! i never add coconut instead i add little garlic :) yummy!

  6. Super delicious combo Chitra, love it...

  7. perfect one pot meal,but never tried with this chutney...

  8. Love your version...my mil makes this way..

  9. same here and am so lucky that my husband often makes it for me. lovely recipe dear.

  10. so perfectly done rice with wonderful chutney combo

  11. The rice is so perfectly done, liked the recipe.

  12. love lemon rice I really need to make it been ages

  13. Youre so cool! I dont think Ive read anything like this before. So good to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. Thanks for starting this up. This blog is something that is needed on the web someone with a little originality. Good job for bringing something new to the internet!
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  14. I fell in love with the rice variation after I came to banglore..But I have never added lemon juice in the tadka, always in rice..


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