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lemon rice

Lemon Rice

A quick, easy, super flavorful Indian inspired lemon rice recipe prepared in an Instant Pot.
Course Lunch, Side Dishes
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp urad dal split matpe beans
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp crushed red chili
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups white basmati rice rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • cilantro to garnish


  • select the sauté function on your instant pot & set the timer for 5 minutes.
  • once heated, add the oil & urad dal. sauté for about 1 minute, until the lentils change color from white to a light pinkish brown.
  • add mustard seeds & sauté for an additional minute.
  • add the remaining seasonings: ginger, turmeric, crushed red chili, bay leaves, & salt. sauté everything for an additional 2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • add the uncooked rice to the instant pot & stir to mix in the seasonings. rice should develop a faint yellow color from the turmeric.
  • cancel the sauté function. add dry roasted peanuts, lemon juice, & water & stir.
  • seal the instant pot, ensuring the steam valve is set to sealing. pressure cook on high for 5 minutes, then allow the pressure to naturally release for an additional 5 minutes.
  • manually release the remaining pressure. using a kitchen towel, gently turn the steam valve from the sealing to the venting position. once the valve clicks back into place, it is safe to open the pot.
  • garnish the lemon rice with cilantro & fresh lemon wedges. serve warm with a side of nondairy yogurt.
Keyword vegan
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