DIY, Recipes

Veggie lemon rice



This post is dedicated to my friend, Swati, who likes this rice a lot. I am hoping now she’ll be able to make it easily using this recipe.

Lemon rice is a very easy-peasy rice recipe. With the addition of veggies you can enhance its nutritional value as well as flavor.

So, without any more intro, let’s get started …

-: You’ll need :-

– 2 cups rice
– 3/4 cup finely chopped veggies (I added onion + broccoli + carrots + red, yellow & green peppers). For now keep all of these separate, do not mix.
– 2 tsp lemon juice (add more if you want the dish to be tart)
– 1 tbsp peanuts (optional)
– 2 cups water or vegetable stock
– finely chopped green chillies to taste. I added about 3 medium ones. If you prefer more hot food, you can add one more
– Salt to taste

For tadka

– 2 tsp oil
– 1/2 tsp each mustard seeds, split gram (chana daal), split black gram without skin (actually looks white!)
– a pinch each of turmeric and asafoetida powder
– 4-5 curry leaves (optional, but they add wonderful aroma and flavor, so highly recommended!)

-: Preparation :-

1. Cook rice with water/stock, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.
2. In a heavy bottom pan heat the oil and then add all other items collected for tadka.
3. Wait till the mustard seeds splutter and add peanuts. Roast for about a minute or till then turn golden.
4. Add onions and sauté till they turn translucent.
5. Add rest of the veggies one by one and sauté for a couple mins. Sprinkle some salt, cover and cook till almost tender.
6. Add cooked rice to this and mix well.

Serve hot with pickle / chips / papad.


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8 thoughts on “Veggie lemon rice

  1. Dear Varada,

    Thanks so much for posting the recipe. Indeed it has been my favorite till date and I still remember the fun times I have had eating this dish with you @ Nashville.


  2. Hi Varada, I’m always looking for different rice dishes. My kids love rice and are more inclined to eat the veggies if I have them cut up small. Thank you.

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me some feedback on my brooches! Much appreciated!

  3. Excited to try! Need to know where to get a few of these ingredients in the Nashville area: asafoetida, split gram (chana daal), split black gram. Also, what is the definition of tadka?

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