Lemon Rice

Submitted by

Evelyn Richter (Eastern Michigan University)

Story behind this recipe

I learned this recipe from Devaki Shamarayar. I might have modified it a bit over time for lack of ingredients or exact memory.


1 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
1 tsp channa dhal (type of lentils)
1/2 tsp black mustard
5-6 curry leaves (optional)
1 small green chili
1 pinch turmeric
Some salt to taste
Some oil for frying
Some fresh coriander leaves (optional)

Cooking time

30 min

Serving size


Measuring units


Cooking Instructions

1. Wash rice and boil with water, put aside to cool.
2. Cut chili into small pieces, wash & dry curry leaves, press out the juice of the lemon.
3. Heat oil in a pan.
4. Fry channa dhal until golden brown, add chili, curry leaves & mustard seeds, fry briefly.
5. Pour over cooled rice. Add turmeric, salt and lemon.
6. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.