Lemon and Mint Rice


So the husband has been laughing at me ever since he saw me clicking pictures of the ubiquitous lemon rice. I tried explaining the concept of an A to Z blogging marathon where each letter needs a dish. But he was laughing too much to listen to me. Hmmph!

 I love adding mint to the lemon rice because it gives a freshness and lovely contrast to the lemon flavour, not to mention it is a good coolant in this scorching Bangalore summer. I usually make lemon rice with thinly sliced onions but of late I have been trying to get better at no onion recipes because my parents don’t eat it and then I have a hard time cooking anything for them. So this lemon rice does not have onions in it and can be made in a jiffy if you have cooked rice. It works well for leftover rice. All you need to do is heat it and add the other ingredients and you are set for dinner.

For other lemon based dishes, check out Lemon Coriander Soup, Lemon Tea Cake and Roasted Eggplant with Lemon Garlic Sauce

For other rice dishes check out Chimichuri Rice, Garlic Rice and Egg Pulao


Serves 2-3


1 cup Rice

2 tsp Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Chana dal / Bengal gram

1/2 tsp Urad dal / Skinless black lentil

10-12 Mint leaves

2 Green chillies

2 tbsp Peanuts

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

1 tbsp Lemon juice

Fresh coriander to garnish




  • Cook the rice as you normally do
  • Spread it out on a plate and add 1 tsp of ghee and mix to ensure the grains remain seperate
  • In a pan, add oil and mustard seeds
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the chana dal and urad dal
  • When the dal starts to brown, add peanuts, chopped green chillies and fresh mint
  • After 1-2 minutes on low heat, add the rice, turmeric powder and salt
  • Mix the rice well with the other ingredients and let cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add the lemon juice and mix well
  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander
  • Serve warm with crunchies of your choice
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘L’

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99


  1. Talk of people laughing at us ! My staff boy was amazed at me when I was clicking the basic white rice for a week ! He was amused .
    Ato Z calls for special dishes , then they may be way to simple for us , but that’s how it is !
    I like your simple but flavourful rice , love mint !

  2. Growing up in Bangalore, i would have never thought that the words scorching and Bangalore go together one day. 🙁
    Being south Indians, lemon rice sounds everyday dish to us but folks from other regions may not be familiar to the dish. My Gujarati neighbors ate lemon rice for the first time at my home.
    Mint addition makes this lemon rice quite unique and flavorful.

  3. hahaha, I can imagine your Hubby’s look and can’t get over it! hahaha…too hilarious…coming to the onion part, I have never see anybody known to me using onions in lemon rice and I have never done it too. However in this series I came to know that there is this dish just with that and it was so convenient for me to use the alphabet…:)..what all we do for the AtoZ right..adding mint sounds so different, must try!

  4. I love lemon rice and adding mint to it would add so much flavour to it. I really have laods of mint currently as DH bought mint instead of coriander :-(. I would definetly try this.

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