south India lemon rice
South India Lemon Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Tools Measuring cups and spoons, knife and cutting board, 12” sauté pan and spatula
Course: Gluten-free), Side Dish (Vegan
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: gluten-free meals, lemon rice, south Indian, vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joyce @Light Orange Bean
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon minced ginger
  • ½ tablespoon chana dal
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 12 pieces raw cashew nuts
  • 2 tablespoons raw peanuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • cups cooked rice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice from one large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  1. Heat a sauté pan over high heat until smoky hot. Add oil to the pan and wait for 15 seconds until the oil is hot. Reduce the heat to medium and add ginger, chana dal, red chili pepper, mustard seeds, cashew nuts, and peanuts. Sauté until the chana dal turn to light brown. Stir in curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  2. Over medium heat, add cooked rice, salt, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
  3. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve warm.