Lime Rice

Lime rice is a very popular dish in Southern India. They can be enjoyed hot but tastes as good  at room temperature.   They are ideal for lunch boxes, picnic lunches or just when you want to eat something tangy ! My family enjoys this as an after school/work snack.  Lime juice and peanuts are the two star ingredients. You can also use lemons if you like. Peanuts add an extra crunch to this dish. And yes they are gluten free !!



Serves 4

Prep Time : 15 minutes

Cook Time : 20 minutes



1 Cup uncooked basmati rice

2 cups water

½ teaspoon Turmeric

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon black  mustard seeds

2 dried  red chilli peppers

1 teaspoon split yellow peas ( chana dal)

5-7 fresh curry leaves

½ cup unsalted peanuts

Juice of 1 lime/lemon ( more if you need it tangier)



Rinse rice in  water until  water runs clear. Drain well.

Cook rice adding water , salt and turmeric  in a heavy bottom pan. Bring the water to a boil and then let it cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes.  You may also use a rice cooker. If using rice cooker adjust the water level as per the cooker instructions.

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. Now add red dried chillies, split yellow pea , curry leaves and peanuts. This whole technique is called tempering.

Pour the contents  of small pan in a mixing bowl. Add rice, lemon juice and mix well. Add more lime or salt as per your liking. Enjoy with papadums or just like that.




  1. Wow I should try this with my Mom! She is always excited whenever I printed out new recipes for her. Thanks for sharing your lime rice 🙂

  2. This seems like a khichdi/hotchpoch to me with a variation of lime flavor. Love the sound of it and so gonna try this for the weekend. Thanks a bunch for the recipe 💕

  3. How is this the first time I’m hearing of this? I’m all over this now! Thanks a lot for the heads up!

  4. I truly enjoy Indian cuisine. I think this lemon rice sounds delicious I would like to recreate it.

  5. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of lemon rice before. This sounds and looks delicious! What an amazing recipe!

  6. It does look really delicious but lemon and peanut are not two flavours I have ever tried together

  7. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing this recipe

  8. Looks delicious! I hate plain rice so this is a great way to make it more flavourful:) Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’ve never heard of lemon rice but I love Lemon Chicken! I’m happy to add this recipe into my meal rotation!

  10. Yum! This looks so good, generally just make mine with stock so this will make a nice change

  11. I love rice so I love experimenting with new recipes. I will have to make this one this weekend!

  12. Yum, I’ve never had lemon rice before, but I’m sure I’d love it. I’m usually a fan of all lemon things.

  13. I like the variety of ingredients in this recipe. We eat rice here at least weekly but I have never really experimented with mixing too many things into it.

Would love to hear from you