Neembu ka Chawal - Lemon Rice

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"This is a popular dish from Southern India. The simplicity of preparation and the convenience of serving lemon rice at room temperature make it a great choice for dinner parties. Be sure to prepare the dish at least two hours before serving time!!!"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (160.7 g)
  • Calories 270.1
  • Total Fat - 16.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 490.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 1.4 g
  • Protein - 2.2 g
  • Calcium - 14.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook rice in the water. Let it cool to room temperature.

Step 2

Mix lemon juice and salt. Set aside.

Step 3

Mix 3 tablespoons of the oil into the rice grains by rubbing gently to separate rice into single grains.

Step 4

Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a small pan. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and cover the pan. Reduce heat and wait until seeds stop popping. Add cashews and fry until the nuts are light brown.

Step 5

Remove pan from heat, add chopped chili, turmeric powder and asafedida.

Step 6

Combine the seasoning mix, the lemon and salt mixture, and the rice. Cover and keep it on the counter for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve at room temperature.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Excellent! Easy peasy to make and the flavors shine. I didn't have black mustard seeds, so I used regular yellow but doubled the amount because yellow is milder than the black, otherwise I followed the recipe to the T. Thank you Lori for sharing. Made it for CQ4, 2017 - Himalayas.


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(21 Aug 2017)

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