Lemon Rice


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Lemon Rice or Nimbe Hannina Chitra Anna

Lemon rice is a quick and very tangy and super tasty rice dish, that is generally had for breakfast in the South of India. Can be cooked in a flash, if your steamed rice is ready. Come let us see how to make it?
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, lentils dish, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka Cuisine, karnataka food, South Indian
Keyword: Lemon rice, Nimbe hannina chitra anna, rice, rice dish, steamed rice
Servings: 4 peopl
Calories: 540kcal


  • Thick bottomed pan
  • Spatula
  • Stainless Steel Ladle
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


  • 10 gram Black Mustard Seeds Sasive Kalu in Kannada
  • 5 gram Asafoetida Hing in Kannada
  • 50 gram Cashew nuts Godambi in Kannada
  • 5 piece Curry leaves
  • 20 gram Coconut, desiccated
  • 1000 gram Steamed Rice See the Anna recipe: http://chillibilly.com/anna/
  • 1 piece Lemon Nimbe Hannu in Kannada
  • 10 gram Urad Dal A type of Indian Lentil. Uddina Bele in Kannada
  • 2 tbsp Refined Oil Prefer Peanut oil if you can find it.
  • 3 piece Green Chillies
  • 10 gram Chana Dal A type of Indian Lentil. Kadale Bele in Kannada
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Arishina in Kannada and Haldi in Hindi.


Cut the vegetables

  • Dice the green chillies in fine, small pieces. Do not throw away the seeds. Keep them.
  • Add hot water to the desiccated coconut and keep aside.

Make the Lemon Rice

  • Keep the pan on a medium flame. Add 1 table spoon of oil. Let the oil heat up.
  • To the hot oil add the mustard seeds, let it splutter. Add hing. Roast for 5 more seconds.
  • Add the lentils and cashew nuts, then fry them till they are golden brown on a low medium heat. Do not keep the heat high as it will burn the spices and they will remain uncooked inside. Better slow and well roasted.
  • Now add turmeric powder and green chillies and mix well.
  • Add the steam rice by hand, a handful each time. Use your fingers to separate each grain of rice from the others mimicking a sprinkling action.
  • Mildly squeeze the water from the coconut and add it to the mix. Mix the rice and the spices well.
  • Cut the lemon and squeeze its juice onto the rice mix.
  • If you prefer, you can garnish it with some chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  • There you have your Lemon Rice! Enjoy!


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg

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