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South Indian Lemon Rice | Nimmakaya Pulihora

Lemon Rice | South Indian Lunch Box recipe
Lemon Rice | South Indian Lunch Box recipe
Lemon Rice / Lime Rice is a tangy delicious rice that is quick and easy to do. With just left over rice this can be made in a jiffy. Although I am never a big fan for lemon rice, neither my husband I never made an effort to make lemon rice and post a recipe here. But since this is one of the most famous South Indian mixed rice recipes and also being my Dad's favorite I wanted to post it here on my blog. Usually appa loves to have lemon rice with masala vadas and appalam but you can pair it with any combination that you like.

Lime Rice | Lemon Rice | Nimmakaya Pulihora
Lime Rice | Lemon Rice | Nimmakaya Pulihora


Recipe Source - Own
Serves - 4-5 people
Prep time - 5 mins
Cook time - 5 mins


Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 3 tsp
Green chilli / dry red chilli - 2 torn
Curry leaves - 1 spring around 8 leaves
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece finely minced
Turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp
Lemon juice - from 1 medium sized lemon
Salt - to taste


1. Make sure that the rice is fluffy and grains are separate, this consistency is very important you can use any long variety rice or the usual boiled rice variety. Make sure rice is in room temperature and not hot.
3. Squeeze the lemon juice and discard the seeds and add turmeric and salt to this. Mix well set aside.
2. Once the rice is ready, take a skillet and heat it up, add the oil once hot splutter the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, green/red chilli, curry leaves, ginger and stir fry them well for 30 seconds. 
3. Switch off and add the lemon juice (make sure to remove the seeds) and turmeric powder mix. 
4. Once the base is ready pour it over the rice and mix well so that all the rice is flavored with the lemon base.
5. Garnish with corrinader leaves and serve.



1. The rice has to be fluffy and perfectly cooked. The grains need to me separate and also at room temperature.


2. Make sure that the lemon is fresh and not too sour.


3. Usually we use boiled rice but you can always use basmati rice or any long grain rice variety.


4. Lemon rice usually requires a little more oil than usual, it adds great flavor and taste. You can use any oil variety as per your taste. 


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