Nimmakaya Annam ~ Lemon Rice

Yesterday was a busy day and meant less time in the kitchen. Made a simple, lemon-flavored, vibrant colored rice that was not only quick to prepare but brightened up my day. Relished it with yogurt and papads. An all time favorite especially during travel and as picnic food. Love the way how a pinch of turmeric adds color and the visual appeal of seasoning of spices, curry leaves and peanuts, nestled among the rice.


Lemon Rice

Prep & Cooking: 30 mts

Serves 3-4 persons



1 cup raw rice, cook rice with each grain separate

8-10 curry leaves

juice of 3 lemons (approx 6-7 tbsps) adjust

3-4 tbsps roasted peanuts

salt to taste


1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 1/2 tsps urad dal/minappa pappu/split gram dal

1 tbsp channa dal/senaga pappu/bengal gram

2 dry chillis, tear and de-seed

pinch of hing

1/2 tsp grated ginger

2 green chillis, slit

1/4 tsp haldi/turmeric pwd/pasupu

1 Heat oil in a vessel, add the mustard seeds and as they begin to sizzle, add the dals and allow them to turn slightly red, add curry leaves, green chillis, grated ginger, red chillis and stir fry for few more secs. Add asafoetida and turmeric pwd, roasted peanuts and combine. Turn off heat.
2 Add salt to taste and 3/4th of the lemon juice and combine well. Add the seasoning and combine that it coats the rice well.
3 Taste and if you feel that it needs more tang, add more lemon juice accordingly.
4 Serve with any curry of your choice, yogurt and appadam.

Nimmakaya Annam ~ Lemon Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 3

 Main Ingredients:

  •  rice
  •   lemon juice
  •   peanuts
  •   turmeric powder


  • Lubna Karim

    What a coincidence…..I too posted Lemon rice in my blog….adding ginger is new to me…will add next time to taste this yum looking lemon rice…

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  • Pallavi

    Thank you for the quick and delicious recipe Sailu. your website is like a ‘Cooking Gita’ to me….everytime I have to cook, I just open your site and always find something interesting to cook. Thank you so much for all the great work…:)

  • Kalyan

    Simplicity is never out of fashion – so is Pulihora.
    I wonder why you did not use the word pulihora!


    • bobby

      pulihora is different from nimakay anam. there u use tamrind.

  • Viji

    Sailu, a simple recipe with rich flavors. I have a post on this dish in my blog too. A few inclusions more.

  • kalva

    lovely pic. Love pulihora.

  • Maninas

    Gosh! This is lovely!

  • AshaLatha R.K.Prasad

    Perfect Lemon Rice or rather Picture Rice as it is called chitraanna in Kannada & Chitra means picture too,in Kannada…. Hence A PERFECT ‘PICTURE’ RICE!!!!!!!!!!


  • silpa

    hmm. i love lemon rice. nice picture…

  • supraja

    Addition of fresh grated coconut will give more taste…it is my daughter’s favourite lunch box item. ginger, green chilli and coconut gives more taste to lemon rice.we follow ur recipe when we need to store it for a whole day , especially during travel time. nice pictures…..

  • Paz

    Looks delicious.


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  • bobby

    Thanks for this nice quick lunch box recipie – wish to have more of this sort.

  • Maria. G

    I`m from Vizag too. Most of your recipes turn out to be a hit with me. The pics that u put up are very very tempting. Every time I get on the net, I make sure to check for your latest recipe. Hats off to u, Sailu – the awesome Chef!

  • Preety

    I want to try and make this dish but had a question. Is the channa and urad dal supposed to be soft and cooked or added in to the recipe raw? Please advise! Thanksk ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sirisha

    I attempted mine with less acidic lemons (just prefer it that way), and some pistachios that I had lying around to spare, instead of the peanuts. I was happy with my quick dish!

  • Tara Virji

    hi ur recipe is interesting but u didnt mentioned when to add rice ??? can u plz mention it thanks

    • Anonymous

      At step 2, add lemon juice and salt to rice and then add tempering.

    • Anonymous

      At step 2, add lemon juice and salt to rice and then add tempering.

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  • Foddies corner

    nice recipe shared enjoyed making it