Lemon Rice


South Indian Lemon rice, is rice mixed with lemon. It has a nice tangy flavor of lemon and mild flavor of ginger.

Its very easy to make and makes a great lunch-box option.

it is one of the frequently made recipes in south india with leftover rice for morning breakfast and is served with chutney.

Also known as chitranna in Karnataka.


1 tbsp Lemon juice

2 cups cooked Rice

1 tbsp Oil.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)

1/2 tsp Urad dal (split black lentils)

1 tsp Ginger grated.

5 to 6 Curry Leaves (kadi patta)

2 whole dry kashmiri red chillies/Green chillies , broken into pieces

1 tbsp Peanuts.

1 tbsp Cashew nuts broken into pieces.

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 TB so Coriander Leaves chopped.

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.

When the seeds crackle, add the urad dal,curry leaves,grated ginfer and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.

Add red chillies/green chiilies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

Add peanuts and cashew nuts,saute till golden brown in colour.

IMG_20200813_145536Add the turmeric powder,rice and salt,mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.

IMG_20200813_145552Switch off the gas ,add lemon juice and mix well ,add chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Happy Cookin!!!



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