Nimbe chitranna or Lemon rice

Lemon rice is a popular south indian dish and lemon juice gives a very tangy taste to the rice. It is extremely simple to make and tasty too. Lemon rice is a delicious rice dish made with steamed rice and flavoured with lemon juice which gives a tangy flavor and freshness to the rice.


  • Cooked rice - 2 cups
  • Lemon - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Urad dal - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Split bengal gram dal/chana dal - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green chillies (chopped finely)
  • Peanuts - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Few curry leaves


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE LEMON RICE RECIPE Spread the cooked rice on a large plate to cool down and spread evenly.

Step 2

Take a small cup. Squeeze the lemon juice. Add salt and turmeric powder to it. Mix well and keep aside.

Step 3

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, green chillies, peanuts and curry leaves. When the seeds start spluttering, remove from heat.

Step 4

Add the cooked rice and mix well.

Step 5

Add lemon mixture to the rice and mix thoroughly. Adjust salt accordingly.

Step 6

Garnish lemon rice with coriander leaves and serve hot with raita or papad.

2 Responses to Nimbe chitranna or Lemon rice

  1. Monu Teena says:

    That’s a different recipe.. yo have added the mustard seeds too .. n i have cooked rice for the first time without peppers.. That was too good; i am sure i will love your recipe ; when i will try!
    Thanks for sharing! Do visit my place when time persists 🙂 Recipes Passion

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