Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is very popular South Indian Variety rice and is simple and easy to make. Lemon rice goes well with roasted potatoes. It is a great travel food and can be used for packed lunch. Today we will learn how to make lemon rice/elumichai sadam following this easy recipe.

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice-Elumichai sadam

Lemon Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryMain Course
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice -1 cup
   Sesame seed oil -1 tsp for rice
   Lemon -1 (juicy one)
   Cashewnuts- 5 -6
   Salt to taste

   For the seasoning

   Oil-3 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Urad dal (split ones) -1 tsp
   Channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1 tsp
   Red Chillies -1
   Asafoetida -a pinch
   Green chillies -2
   Finely chopped ginger-1 tsp
   Turmeric Powder -1/4 tsp
   Curry leaves - few
   Finely chopped carrot -2 tbsp (optional)


Cook rice in such a way that each grains are separate. Spread it on a plate, mix a tsp of sesame seed oil to it, so that the grains will not stick together.

Saute cashew nuts in 1/2 tsp oil until golden brown and keep it aside.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard splutters , add urad dal, channa dal, red chillies and asafoetida. When dal turns slightly brown, add green chillies, ginger, turmeric powder, curry leaves and finely chopped carrots (optional ).

Saute until the carrots are slightly cooked.

Squeeze lemon juice in a cup, add salt to it. Mix well and add it to the rice.

Add the seasoning and cashew nuts also to the rice and mix well. Taste and see. If required add more salt and lemon juice.

Serve with papads or chips or roasted potatoes.

Check out more South Indian Variety Rice Lunch Menu.

Note - Do not cook after adding the lemon juice.

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  1. lovely presentation..adding carrot makes more nutritious..

  2. I am a fan of all your posts, but never happened to comment on any one. I loved each and every recipes of yours.


  3. hello padhu ,my name is banu and i am very poor in cooking.but after reading ur recipes i am very happy and i loved each of ur recipes and i am getting confidence that i can also cook well .thank u

  4. thank you for your recipes specially for rice.

    i love cooking and you for your special items.

    Darpana Ms

  5. Hi Padhu, I have prepared your Lemon Rice recipe several times now and it is always wonderful! I am going to try out your Tomato Rice recipe in my rice cooker next. Your recipes are wonderful!

  6. I'm going to try this tonight.. lets see how it comes out :) I tried tomato rice and really came out well. Thanks Padhu! just a suggestion, it would be really helpful if you mentioned how many people a recipe served :) thanks!!

  7. hai.....actually am from kerala.but i like lemon rice very well.and i would like to say thanks to you.and i like all types of recipes.. regards sulabha ashok

  8. Hi Padhu, thanks a lot for all your receipes. Seems to be really delicious. Keep up the wonderful great work. From Madhavi

  9. Hi Padhu

    My Name is Srinivasan. I am the cook at home. I have been following your posts and recipes. They are really very simple and come out in a jiffy. I really wonder how you balance your family life by taking time out to post such wonderful recipes. You r family is very lucky. God Bless

  10. Hi am anusri....i have seen ur mny recipes...tried certain things...n it came out vry well..ur receipes r vry useful for humble request s u to keep on post mny receipes....thq so muchhh....

  11. Fast and very tasty.... a typical recipe for office goers ....Thanks a lot

  12. you have search an amazing recipe, seems so delicious!!1

  13. Hai padhu, lemon rice is gives the body chill or hot?

  14. Dear Mam . Thamizh puthandu nalvazuthukal... For lemon rice, should we add freshh lemon juice to the rice or shd we add the juice after seasoning in the pan and allow it to boil.

    Manjula S

    1. You should not boil the lemon juice as it will taste bitter. After the seasoning, add rice , add the lemon juice, switch off the heat and mix well.

  15. Replies
    1. Sithu - You can use regular rice which we use daily. Basmati rice is not necessary for this dish.

  16. Hi Padhu,
    Your recipes are really helping me out every day. These are really awesome.

    A small suggestion from my side. Sometimes google search result doesn't show your website. I think it is high time that you revamp your website and make it even more attractive. :)


  17. Hi padhu... I don't know to cook before marriage.. I am practicing my cooking only with ur receipies.. everything comes out well.. and my hubby s happy wit ur receipies.. he tells u cook like my mom.. thanks a lot padhu.. really.. love u for ur efforts..

  18. Hi padhu my name is srividya. I love your receips very much.I did potato Korma by seeing your method. My daughter liked it very much. You're receipes are so nice

  19. Hi Padhu... I tried doing this rice. The lemon raw taste persisted.Pl advice-

    1. This it the first time I am hearing such a problem for lemon rice. May be you squeezed too hard or added too much juice.

  20. Thank you for this recipe! I really enjoyed making it and eating it!!


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