Masala Lemon Rice
a Twist to the Conventional Lemon Rice!

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Adjust Servings:
1.5 Cups Cooked Rice 1 Cup - 250 ml
To taste Salt
1, Squeezed and juice extracted Lemon
1 Teaspoon Sesame oil
Masala for Grinding
1" Piece Cinnamon (Pattai)
3 Cloves (Krambu / Lavang)
2 Cardamom
0.5 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1 Red Chili
0.25 Teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
1 Teaspoon Oil
For Tempering
3 Tablespoon Sesame oil
1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
2 Teaspoon Split Urad Dal
2 Teaspoon Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
1 Tablespoon Roasted Peanuts
2, Slit Green Chilli
Few Curry Leaves
1 Teaspoon, Chopped Ginger
0.5 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder

Nutritional information

20 g
60 g
13 g
6 g

Lemon Rice with added masala, a perfect Lunch box recipe for kids!

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  • Masala for Grinding

  • For Tempering



Lemon Rice is one of the conventional rice variety in Southern India. Very simple to make rice variety. Even a perfect Kids Lunch Box. Whenever I was out of ideas to pack my daughters lunch box, Lemon rice is always handy and we can make it almost in no time. Lemon rice with Brinjal Fry or Ladysfinger Fry is a great combo for Lunch box or even for our routine lunch. Even Potato Fry will taste perfect with Lemon rice. Even Plain lemon rice with Potato chips of fried papad is enough for a lazy day.

Instead of making the conventional Lemon rice, I tried adding masala once and my kids love it so much. We just need to fry some whole masala and make a powder and add it to lemon rice. Rest of the other procedures are similar to the conventional lemon rice. Adding masala gives a whole new aroma and flavor to the lemon rice. Some of you might like the conventional lemon rice only. But if you give it a try, I believe you will also like this Masala Lemon rice.

Generally, whenever I make Masala Lemon Rice, I also slice 4 brinjals and add turmeric and salt and allow it to sit for 10 mins and then i will shallow fry the brinjal slices and add it to the lemon rice. Biting fried brinjal pieces along with this Masala Lemon Rice is a real treat!

Video making of Masala Lemon Rice

Masala Lemon Rice

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10 mins

Spreading Cooked Rice

Spread the cooked hot rice in a wide vessel or a broad plate. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil and gently mix and keep this rice aside

5 mins

Working with Masala

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil. Throw in all grinding ingredients and fry it and then cool the fried ingredients and grind it to powder. Keep this masala aside

5 mins

Tempering Process

In a pan, heat sesame oil. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and allow it to sputter. Add split urad dal, channa dal, peanuts and fry till golden brown.


Throw in green chili, ginger and curry leaves and fry it. Add the seasoning to the spread rice.

5 mins

Final Preparation

Add the ground masala powder to the spread rice. Also add salt, and lemon juice and mix the rice gently. Do not break the rice by mixing roughly. Take the mixed Masala Rice in a serving Bowl


Serving Time

Serve the delicious Masala Lemon Rice with any Stir-fry veggie along with papad and enjoy the delicious rice!

Sowmya Venkatachalam

IT Engineer turned full time Food Blogger. I ♡ FOOD. I also love food blogging. Did you make a recipe? Tag @Subbusktichen on Instagram. I WANNA SEE!

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