Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice – Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice – Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe: sauteed rice in coconut oil, turmeric, and lemon is delicious and packed with flavors. Added peanuts + coconut flakes for taste and texture. Makes for a perfect side dish or light lunch.

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice is an extremely popular savory rice recipe from the Southern part of India. It is filled with flavors and the bright yellow color is just mesmerizing.

In India, it’s popularly known as ‘Lemon Rice’ and has tons of variations to it and you can imagine the demand for it as it’s even available in our local Costco  🙂

What is Lemon Rice or Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice:

It’s a side dish that’s made using cooked rice, where rice is sauteed in a mixture of oil/ghee, curry leaves, salt, chilies, peanuts, and Indian spices.

It can be served as it is for a light lunch, evening snack with tea/coffee or make a great office/school lunches too. It can be eaten hot or cold. 

I usually love making a BIG Batch of these and store in fridge for 2-3 days. It is definitely one of my favorite desk lunch.

Ingredients for Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice Recipe:

  • Rice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Coconut Oil
  • Turmeric
  • Asafetida – optional
  • Salt 
  • Lentils (Chana/urad) – optional
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Peanuts
  • Curry Leaves – skip if not available
  • Green Chillies (optional)

These ingredients are usually what gets used to making the dish however, many a time I’ve made this recipe without asafetida or curry leaves, and it tastes amazing!!

That is what contributes to the popularity of this dish that it can be tweaked here and there and remains delicious.

So you might find many versions of it from an absolute traditional one to a fairly modern twist.

The original recipe does call for making it in ‘desi ghee’ but always make mine with coconut oil or lighter olive oil/peanut oil as well but please do feel free to swap oil with ghee as per your choice.

Healthy and Quick Vegan Indian Lemon Rice

How to Make Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice

This is a one-pot recipe and takes about 10-15 minutes at the max to prepare.

This version is using all the ingredients above, however, you can skip any of them as per non-availability (mustard seeds/curry leaves/ asafetida):

  1. You start by heating coconut oil (or any other variety of oil/ghee using).
  2. Then adding mustard seeds, curry leaves, chana dal/urad dal (lentils), turmeric, peanuts and saute for 20 seconds.
  3. Then add cooked rice and saute. This needs to be done over low heat and gently as you don’t want to mush the rice.
  4. Once everything is mixed, let this cook for a minute or 2 over medium heat (cover the pan/pot if possible).
  5. After 2 minutes, add lemon juice, salt and 1 Tsp of coconut oil. Saute everything and let cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle some water and cook for 1 more minute and then turn off the heat.
  7. Mix everything once and transfer to a serving bowl and serve fresh.
Indian Lemon Rice

Indian Lemon Rice

Okay, so once you’ve made it, you can eat it as is or serve it with a side of veggie/dip or even salad.

I sometimes love noshing on it with a cucumber+tomato salad for that extra crunch but mostly eat it as is. It also makes a great packed meal or snack as it tastes equally good if eaten cold.

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice

Quick Pro – Tips for Indian Lemon Rice:

1. This dish is actually made using leftover cooked rice.

2. You can use any kind of rice but the original recipe calls for thick short-grain white rice.

3. The recipe calls for ‘Curry Leaves’ which is quite essential in many southern dishes, you
can skip it if unavailable. Just add fresh coriander/cilantro.

4. You can make it less or more lemony/spicy as per taste.

5. It can be stored in an air-tight container for 3 days in the fridge.

 

As always, I hope you get to try this recipe soon and do let me know 🙂
Until Next Time ~ XoXo

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Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice - Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice - Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe

Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice - Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe: sauteed rice in coconut oil, turmeric, and lemon is delicious and packed with flavors. Added peanuts + coconut flakes for taste and texture. Makes for a perfect side dish or light lunch.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Cooked White Rice *
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Peanuts
  • 2 Tsp Urad Dal - you can use moong or chana dal too
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Medium Lemons - lime is fine too
  • 5-6 Curry Leaves - optional
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Pinch of Asafoetida - optional
  • 1 Green Chili - chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil **

Instructions

How to Make Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice:

  1. Take the 2 lemons and juice it by hand or a juicer. Keep aside.
  2. You start by heating coconut oil (or any other variety of oil/ghee using).
  3. Then adding mustard seeds, curry leaves, chana dal/urad dal (lentils), turmeric, peanuts and saute for 20 seconds.
  4. Then add cooked rice and saute. This needs to be done over low heat and gently as you don't want to mush the rice.
  5. Once everything is mixed, let this cook for a minute or 2 over medium heat (cover the pan/pot if possible).
  6. After 2 minutes, add lemon juice, salt and 1 Tsp of coconut oil. Saute everything and let cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle some water and cook for 1 more minute and then turn off the heat.
  8. Mix everything once and transfer to a serving bowl and serve fresh.
  9. Serve Hot or Cold as per taste.

Notes

White Rice: you can use brown rice or any rice of choice.

Coconut Oil: you may use olive oil or any light vegetable oil too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234 Total Fat: 37g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 150mg Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Protein: 17g

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7 Replies to "Indian Lemon Turmeric Rice - Vegan + Glutenfree Recipe"

  • Platter Talk September 7, 2016 (5:48 pm)

    Beautiful color & popping flavors! Looking forward to giving this a try. We love rice in our house and always are looking for something new. Thanks.

    • Molly Kumar September 24, 2016 (8:12 pm)

      I’m so glad you liked it Dan – Hope you give it a try soon 🙂

  • Marilyn September 7, 2016 (5:44 pm)

    I love rice!! I’ve never had this style but I am pretty sure is delicious!! I would love to have it with some roasted veggies!! Yummy!

  • Donna September 7, 2016 (5:28 pm)

    Yum, I love how fresh and zesty this sounds!! The colors are fantastic, and I am totally craving some lemony goodness right now!!

  • Suchi @elegantmeraki September 7, 2016 (5:10 pm)

    I love lemon rice, it is like that comfort food which doesnt require much and yet tastes delicious!! Best way to use leftover rice, which I make extra all the time.

  • Cindy Gordon September 7, 2016 (5:01 pm)

    This dish looks truly amazing! I love that it is vegan and it looks so light and refreshing!

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