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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Comments on Veggie lemon rice

  1. Swati Bansal says:

    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!

    1. Varada says:

      Thank you for dropping by, Suzanne. :) Glad you liked it.

  3. Cindy says:

    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?

    1. Varada says:

      For ingredients, you can try any Indian store (or contact me :D)

      About tadka, you can read more here:


  4. Swati says:

    Finally got a chance to cook this awesome recipe and it turned out just how it looks- simply delicious!!! A must try..

    1. Varada says:

      Thanks so much, Swati. Glad you liked it :)

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