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Easy Lemon Rice (Instant Pot)

Tangy, spicy, and flavorful, this South Indian lemon rice is very easy to make. As the name suggests, the main flavor of this dish is lemon juice. Read on for ingredients, useful tips, and step-by-step instructions to make this easy and delicious dish.
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Author: Shilpa
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup peanuts raw
  • ¼ cup cashew
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon split black gram urad dal
  • 1 tablespoon Bengal gram chana dal
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • Small pinch asafetida hing
  • 1-2 green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon coconut grated
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves (cilantro)

Instructions

  • Wash the rice thoroughly in running water. Soak the washed rice in clean water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Set Instant Pot in saute mode (normal) and add coconut oil.
  • Add peanuts and fry them until they are crunchy.
  • Once the peanuts are done, add cashew and fry for a few seconds.
  • Move them to one side of the pot.
  • Now add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, green chili, and ginger. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add hing, turmeric powder, salt, and lemon juice. Mix well and deglaze the pot.
  • Drain the water from soaked rice and add it to the IP
  • Add 3 cups of water and mix well
  • Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook mode for 5 minutes. Do a quick release of the pressure.
  • Open the lid and add cilantro and coconut.
  • Gently mix it and serve.

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Notes

See the tips section above for useful tips to make this dish.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Rice (Instant Pot)
Amount per Serving
Calories
410
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
34
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
294
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
61
g
20
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
93
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
47
mg
57
%
Calcium
 
56
mg
6
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.