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When we talk about one-pot rice meals, lemon rice is one of our favorite ones. Find how to make lemon rice recipe in few simple steps
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Lemon Rice Recipe

Lemon Rice is a delicious Indian style lemon flavored fried rice. Learn how to make elumichai sadam in a few simple steps. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2 adults
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 Cup steamed rice
  • Juice of 3 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon black mustrad seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon dhuli urad dal
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon cashew nuts, sliced
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 whole green chilies slit
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon mustard oil/sesame oil/coconut oil


  • Wash rice few times or until the water runs clear. Soak for at least 15 minutes in water.
  • Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan with a pinch of salt.
  • Drain water from the soaked rice. Add rice in the boiling water saucepan.
  • Cook the rice till 80% cooked. Make sure rice does not turn mushy.
  • As soon the rice is cooked transfer it to a metal colander
  • For this recipe you can use leftover rice as well.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai ( buy it here ) over high flame.
  • Once the oil starts fuming, reduce the heat to low.
  • Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Next add urad dal and hing. Fry till dal turn light golden in color.
  • Add peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and green chilies. Fry till cashews turn golden in color.
  • Add turmeric powder, mix and turn off the heat.
  • Now add rice, salt and lemon. Stir to combine.
  • Rice should get coated with the seasoning nicely.
  • Cover the pan with the lid and allow the rice to absorb the flavors for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Serve lemon rice warm with chilled raita and roasted potato.



Recommended Equipment: Kadhai ( buy it here )


Serving: 124g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.1g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 3.6g | Fiber: 1.8g