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Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice


  • 2 cups basmati rice washed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick crushed
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns crushed
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt
  • Juice 2-4 lemons
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons red lentils soaked in water for 1/2hr, drain


Put the rice in the water and boil (absorption method) until cooked, about 12-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to steam for about 5 minutes. Spread onto a large plate or tray and allow to cool. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds until they pop, add curry leaves, pepper, chilli, cinnamon and lentils. Cook for a few minutes. Add the turmeric, salt and lemon juice. Add the rice and mix well. Season to taste with more lemon juice and salt. Serve with your favourite curry, cucumber raita and pappadams.          

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