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Lemon Lentil Rice

Lemon Lentil Rice

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This is a complete meal with rice lentil and vegetables. This is my version of the South Indian dish 'Chithrannam' (lemon rice).

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  • Calories:
  • 305 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 56g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 10.3 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 120 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mustard seeds, and cook until they pop. Once the seeds have popped like popcorn, add the carrot and green beans. Sautee them for about 2 minutes, just to mingle the flavors.
  2. Pour in the water, and add the rice and lentils. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice and lentils are tender. Stir in the lemon juice, and season with salt and chili powder. Let stand covered for 5 or 10 minutes before serving.
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First off, this is more of a side dish than a main meal. Either way, though, I wouldn't make it again. It wasn't bad, it was just rather bland. Bland even after I added more spice and lemon than the recipe recommended. Also added some curry powder. Nothing could really change the fact that it tasted boring.


I loved this recipe! When you pop the mustard seeds, be sure to have a lid handy to keep them in the pot. It turned out a little sticky, but the taste was great and it was even better the next day. Next time, I'm going to cook the rice and lentils separately so the rice won't be so sticky, and I will double the lentils to make it a more substantial main dish. Excellent recipe; thanks!


This is delicious; I've made it a dozen times now, and it's in my permanent rotation. It's important to use lots of fresh lemon (add the zest, too, for brightness of flavor), and be sure to add it last. Use a food processor to chop the carrots and beans--not just because it's easiest, but also because it chops the vegetables to the perfect texture. Add red pepper flakes or a pinch of ground ginger if you'd like some heat. This is a tasty, healthy side, perfect for pairing with any fish or chicken dish with citrus notes.