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Lemon Rice

Spicy South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe

Spicy South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe


Lemon rice is an authentic South Indian rice dish. This is one variety of Pulihora a common dish of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. Puli means sour taste. Pulihora is also referred as sour rice. Other names are "Lemon Or Tamarind Rice". In Andhra Pradesh this dish is considered as a festival food. Lemon Rice



  • Vegetable oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Chana Dal - 1 tablespoon soaked for 20 minutes
  • Dried red chili - 2/3
  • Chopped green chili - 2
  • Black Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Grated ginger - 1 teaspoon
  • Few springs of curry leaf
  • Hing - Pinch of
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cooked Basmati Or Sona Masoori rice 2 cups
  • Lemon Juice - of 1 large lemon
  • Dry roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Salt as per taste

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10 Minute(s)

Cooking Time »

30 Minute(s)

Lemon Rice

Steps to Prepare

Heat oil in a skillet and fry the soaked chana dal and keep aside. In the same oil fry the red chilies and the green chilies and keep them aside.

Add some mustard seeds into the oil. When they start popping add the grated ginger, hing, curry leaves, turmeric powder & salt and fry for 2-3 seconds.

Now add the cooked rice and the lemon juice and mix all together very well. Now add the roasted peanuts, chana dal, green and red chilies and toss well until they mix together.

Serve hot the lemon rice with papad , fried potatoes.

Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice

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