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lemon rice | pulihora | chitranna | South Indian recipe

Lemon rice is a very popular South Indian recipe is also known as Pulihora or Nimmakaya annum. Serve with the combination of masala vada or pakora

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chitranna, lemon rice, lemon rice recipe, nemmakaya annam, pulihora
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3


Ingredients for lemon rice:

  • Boiled rice                                 – 2 cups or 200 g
  • Lemon juice                              – 1/4 cup or 3 lemons

  • Oil                                           –  1/4 cup

  • Curry leaves                             – 1/4 cup

  • Peanuts                                     – 4 spoons

  • Mustard seeds and cumin seeds  – 2 spoons(jeera & raya)

  • Black gram (Urad dal)                 – 1 spoon

  • Bengal gram(chana dal)              – 1 spoon 

  • Red chillies                               – 6 

  • Green chillies                            – 2

  • Turmeric powder                        – 1/4 spoon

  • Salt                                           – 2 spoons

  • Chopped coriander leaves          – 1/4 cup


Step by step procedure for lemon rice:


  1.  Heat a pan over a medium flame add oil.

  2.  Add a spoon of chana dal, urad dal, 4 spoons peanuts, 2 spoons of mustard seeds and cumin seeds

  3. Fry until the peanuts turn golden and crisp.

  4.  Add 2 green chillies, 6 red chillies and a spring of curry leaves.

  5. Fry for a minute till it crackle.  

  6. Add 1/4 spoon of turmeric powder and salt.

  7. Switch off the flame and add 1/4 cup of lemon juice.

  8. Carefully taste and add lemon juice as required.

Mixing tempering and rice:

  1. Cool the tempering mixture. Do not mix if the rice and tempering are hot.

  2. Pour this tempering mixture into the cooked rice and mix well.

  3. Taste and adjust salt and squeeze lemon juice if necessary.

  4. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 

  5. Serve with bonda, papadum, punugulu, garelu or vada and chutney or pakora

  6. Enjoy the refreshing and tangy lemon rice.

Recipe Notes

  • Taste and adjust salt and squeeze lemon juice if necessary.
  • The colour of rice depends upon turmeric powder and adjust it according to your taste. 
  • Enjoy the refreshing and tangy pulihora with garelu or pakora