Lemon Rice / lunch box ideas
Written by Jayashree
Published on February 16, 2015

Lemon rice is one of the pre-dominant dishes prepared in South Indian home. It is tasty, makes a good meal and is actually a festive delicacy. A traditional festive meal has it as one of the savoury dishes prepared without onion.

Today, I have a quick-fix lunch box menu. It is ideal to prepare for weekend dinner too. A quick dinner is ready if you have pre-cooked rice on hand. You may use fresh green peas instead of ground nuts.

This is a vegan and gluten-free food, considering that you are using gluten-free asafoetida.

Lemon rice is easy to prepare, filling, can be made with or without onion and one can use left over rice too.

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  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 2 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut
  • 4 green chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Allow the rice too cool.
  2. Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. As it crackles, put bengal and urad dal to it. Allow them to cook for a few seconds, throw in the peanuts and curry leaves. Stir occasionally. Add green chillies, turmeric powder and asafoetida to it.
  3. Now, put green chilli pieces, after a few second put the onion pieces to it. Let cook for sometime.
  4. Once it turns translucent, turn off the stove.
  5. Put rice to it. Add salt and mix it.
  6. Put lemon juice and chopped coriander to it.
  7. Lemon rice is ready to serve.

Take a tip:

  • Fresh peas may be added to it. Avoid using groundnuts if using peanuts.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilly as per your liking.
  • Fresh coconut may be added if serving immediately. Avoid putting it in lunch box, it may turn stale.
  • Grains of rice should be separate.

This is an old post which I have redone now. Sending this to Foodies Redoing Old Post15, a group which we participate every fortnightly. I have updated the post with better pictures and text.

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  1. shubha

    lemon rice is a great lunch box idea too..great recipe dear!!

    • jayashree

      Thankyou dear Shubha

  2. kimberly

    ohh! That looks absolutely yummy!!

    • jayashree

      Thankyou dear Kimberly

    • jayashree

      Thankyou dear Vani

  3. poonampagar

    Lemon rice is one of my favourite South Indian rice dish. Best part is that it’s tastes great in lunch box with some pickle.

  4. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Lemon rice is one of my easy lunch box idea when I have some left over rice. Loving your version with peanuts

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Yummy, always love how refreshing and tasty lemon rice is. What I like about this simple flavorful rice dish is that it tastes equally good when its cold.Makes good travel food.


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