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Lemon Rice Recipe South Indian Style, Chitrannam | Nimmakaya Pulihora

A special andhra recipe which is hugely popular all across south India and is always made during occasions and it is yellow colored tempered tangy lemon flavored rice...
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Rice
Cuisine South Indian/Andhra
Servings 2
Calories 310 kcal


  • 1 cup rice cooked/left over rice
  • 2 tablespoon edible oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal/bengal gram
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal/split black gram
  • 3-4 vertically slit green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tablespoon full lemon extracted juice


Step 1:

  • Cook about 1 cup of rice and rest is aside for later use.

Step 2:

  • Firstly, in a wok, add oil and heat it.
  • Into it, add peanuts and saute well.
  • Add chana dal and urad dal and stir the ingredients for few seconds.
  • Add vertically slit green chillies and mix well.
  • Add mustard seeds and dried red chillies and stir the ingredients.
  • Add curry leaves and allow them to crackle.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt as per taste and mix it up well.
  • Add 1 cup cooked rice and mix the rice evenly with the tempering/tadka.
  • Sprinkle lemon extract all over the rice and mix the rice evenly.
  • Cook for a minute.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if required.
  • Serve hot with pickle or eat it plain...


1.Here I have directly mixed rice with tempering but, if we are making lemon rice in large quantity then, it is better to transfer the tempering all over the rice bowl and mix it up well...
2.Cooked basmati rice too can be used to make the lemon rice...


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Rice Recipe South Indian Style, Chitrannam | Nimmakaya Pulihora
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.