Lip-Smacking Variety Rice in Five Minutes

Lip-Smacking Variety Rice in Five Minutes
Variety Rice is one of the popular dishes in the South Indian fare – flavored rice varieties that add a zing to the white rice. Most of these rice varieties are very easy to make – in about five minutes.  In terms of the range, there are so many types of flavored rice you could make- limited only by your imagination only, really. But in this post we will talk about a few – coconut, lemon, tamarind and curd rice. YUMMY LEMON RICE IN FIVE MINUTES Lemon Rice is the simplest flavored rice that comes from the kitchens of South India, this is pretty easy to make. The reason: unlike the tamarind rice, coconut rice, and even the tomato rice,  this variety of flavored rice doesn’t need a lot of prep time. The cooking time is barely five minutes – of course, assuming that you have cooked rice ready. During our childhood, Amma used to make this dish whenever there was a lot of leftover rice from the night – quick, easy and sumptuous recipe. However, I do not recommend using leftover rice. Make this dish out of fresh rice.

Points to consider:

  1. Always use fresh lemon juice: Fresh juice brings in freshness to the rice. Bottled lemon juice available in the market will not taste the same
  2. Use a long-grain variety of rice: A short-grain rice can turn mushy or be overcooked which will not give the fluffy texture that you need for this rice. Ideally then, use long grain rice like Basmati
  3. Add the turmeric to your tempering oil: Do not add the turmeric powder on top of the rice in the mixing bowl. You will get the raw smell of turmeric. Also, the turmeric will distribute evenly through the rice this way.
  4. Add crunch to the rice: You can add ground nuts or even cashew nuts to the tempering to add crunch to the rice. I have tasted this rice with raisins as well. I wouldn’t add raisins though – will always reserve raisins for the desserts.
  5. Squeezing the Lime: Squeeze fresh lemon juice on the cooked rice, when the rice is not boiling hot. Lemon tends to go sour when you add it to very hot rice.


Lemon Rice is a mildly spiced lemon-flavored rice. It forms a part of the lunch or the dinner meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine south Indian
Servings 2


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Kadhai or Wok


  • 2 cups Cooked Basmati Rice
  • Extract of Two Lemons
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Chana Dal or Bengal Gram
  • 8-10 Groundnuts
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • A Pinch of Asafoetida
  • 2 Finely Chopped Green Chilies
  • Salt to Taste


  • Add the rice in a wide bowl, with the rice well spread out. Make sure the rice is not too hot, as it might turn sour with the lemon juice.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a kadhai. Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add the Chana Dal, green chillies and the curry leaves, and the asafoetida
  • Add the groundnuts and let it roast for a while. Keep the flame at a minimum as groundnuts can get turn dark.
  • After they have roasted enough, turn off the flame and add the turmeric powder. Make sure the flame is off, else the turmeric could get burnt.
  • Add the entire tempering to the bowl of rice, add the lemon juice and salt on top.
  • Mix the rice thoroughly well. Be careful not to break the rice strands. You may want to use a fork to mix the rice.
  • Delicious Lemon Rice is now ready to be served with papad.
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