Recipe – Lemon Rice

(enough for 4 persons; cooking time: 30 – 40 minutes)

Lemon Rice


  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons (any) oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew
  • 1/2 tablespoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried coconut


  1. Wash rice in running water. Keep 3 cups of water, salt and rice for boiling on high heat.
  2. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium for 15-20 minutes. You may close the lid for last 5-10 minutes when the water has evaporated.
  3. Take out one grain of rice and if it can be easily pressed without any graininess, it means it is done.
  4. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and saute cashews.
  5. Then add urad dal and mustard seeds. Saute them till urad dal become little brown in color.
  6. Switch the stove off and add turmeric and coconut.
  7. Add the mixture to the pot of rice, along with lemon juice and fresh cilantro.
  8. Carefully mix everything so that the spices are mixed well with in every portion of the rice and rice does not get mushed.