Are you bored of old simple rice? Here is how to cook lemon rice that is flavorful, delicious, and healthy!

Who doesn’t love the aroma and taste of freshly prepared lemon basmati rice? They are loaded with goodness, amazing spices, delightful herbs, and the zesty flavor of lemon juice that enhances the taste even more. It is truly delightful and a real treat for your taste buds. Well, rice is the most versatile grain globally and perfectly complements every other dish. 

It is a popular South Indian Dish known as Chitranna, which soon traveled to Mediterranean (Greek) and other International Borders, increasing the fan base of the lemon rice side dish. Lemon Cilantro Rice is simple yet so fragrant, yummy, and tangy. 

About Lemon Rice Recipe

This easy side dish rice recipe is absolutely pleasant and takes only 15 minutes with the basic lemon rice ingredients. You can enjoy this savory and incredibly delicious meal on any day of the week and add all the exotic veggies you like. Lemon Fried Rice is very hearty, divine, and healthy. It is best to use basmati rice, but leftover rice also works wonderfully well. Pack it for your kid’s lunch box, or prepare it for your road trip! You must try the super tasty and easy lemon rice recipe to enjoy it with your friends and family. 

Ingredients required to make lemon rice recipe:

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 green chilies chopped
  • Coriander
  • Half lemon Squeeze

Stepwise instruction on how to make lemon rice recipe:

  • In a frying pan.
  • Add oil to it add peanut let it fry for a while then take it out.
  • Then add chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, jeera, mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili powder, salt and green chilies.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • To it add rice and mix all of it properly.
  • Add roasted peanuts on the top.
  • Garnish it with coriander.
  • Squeeze half a lemon to the Basmati rice.
  • Let it cook properly.
  • Serve it hot.

How to make Best Lemon Rice at Home?

All the ingredients of this recipe are very affordable and readily available in your kitchen. This is a quick lemon rice recipe with plenty of savory taste of lemon, herbs, and spices. Feel free to mix a few add-ins such as feta cheese, raisins, and avocado to take your dish to the next level. Now that you know how to make greek rice, I have some tips for cooking rice.

  • Add yellow onion or shallots for a sweet flavor, fresh tomatoes for a pop of juiciness, and diced seedless cucumbers for the refreshing crush.
  • Make sure to soak the rice so the grains can cook beautifully. Also, if they are overcooked, just let them cool and break the lumps.
  • I suggest you use sesame oil, peanut oil, or canola oil to make healthy lemon rice at home.
  • For an extra texture and crunch, you can add nuts like cashews, pecans, etc., instead of peanuts.
  • Use fresh dill, parsley, oregano, or red pepper flakes for a unique aroma and taste.
  • You can skip adding urad dal or chana dal if it’s not available.

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Why try the Recipe? 

Everyone loves to eat something flavorful, and what’s better than some simple lemon rice? Honestly, my recipe is the easiest one you’ll find on the internet. All it asks for is a few pantry staple ingredients and 15 minutes’ top in the kitchen to jazz up your plain old white rice. It is a one-pot rice recipe with a fresh lemon juice flavor and is easy to customize. The taste instantly lifts your mood. Apart from just being a superb source of protein and energy, it is also very nutritious for your body.

Lemon Rice Benefits:

  • It is high in fiber, vitamin K, vitamin E, and types of vitamin B, which support the digestive system and improves our nervous system.
  • They contain lemon juice, rich in vitamin C and citric acid, aiding in iron absorption.
  • Lemon Rice supports heart health and reduces cholesterol levels.
  • This also manages your blood pressure and sugar levels as it is low in sugar, sodium, and fat.
  • If you are on a vegan diet, rice is the best protein supplement for your lifestyle. Plus, it is a gluten-free grain with anti-inflammatory properties. 

Quick and Easy Lemon Rice | Lemon Basmati Rice

Are you bored of old simple rice? Here is how to cook lemon rice that is flavorful, delicious, and healthy!
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Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine southindian
Servings 1 people
Calories 529 kcal


  • Frying pan


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 green chilies chopped
  • Coriander
  • Half lemon Squeeze


  • Cooking
    -In a frying pan.
    -Add oil to it add peanut let it fry for a while then take it out.
    -Then add chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, jeera, mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili powder, salt and green chilies.
    -Mix all the ingredients together.
    -To it add rice and mix all of it properly.
    -Add roasted peanuts on the top.
    -Garnish it with coriander.
    -Squeeze half a lemon to the Basmati rice.
    -Let it cook properly.
    -Serve it hot.



Calories: 529kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 23gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.04mgSodium: 3035mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 15gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 983IUVitamin C: 112mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy lemon rice, lemon basmati rice, lemon rice
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What goes well with Lemon Rice?

It is a delicious meal garnished with freshly chopped cilantro (or desiccated coconut or chopped nuts), and how can we forget the squeeze of lime because it makes everything better? Honestly, I enjoy my lemon rice as it is or with some papad and vegetable salad. Lemon Greek Rice makes for an excellent breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening snack too! This quick recipe can be the main course and a side dish for get-togethers, parties, picnics, etc. 

But if you are still wondering what to serve with lemon rice, many people like to eat it with soup, chicken, stir fry veggies, fish, sandwiches, shrimp, or any other dish you want. Coconut Chutney, Peanut Chutney, or Coriander Chutney also pairs well with healthy South Indian rice. This is very appetizing and refreshing! Also, it tastes the best when it’s fresh. Try our Quick Lemon Rice Recipe Today!

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Just Serve It Hot for a burst of flavors. Bon appétit!


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