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instant pot lemon rice

Instant pot lemon rice -south indian lemon rice recipe

All you need is just 4 minutes to make this yummy lemon rice in instant pot

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword indian rice recipes, instant pot lemon rice, lemon rice, lemon rice in instant pot, lemon rice recipe, south indian lemon rice
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Author Nithya


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal(split)
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 2 numbers green chilli roughly chopped
  • Hing a pinch
  • 1 string curry leaves optional
  • 1 tbsp peanuts
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 number lemon
  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds optional


  1. Wash the rice couple of times in running water and soak it for 10 minutes maximum and drain the water completely and keep it aside.

  2. Turn on the instant pot on 'saute' mode .Once it displays 'HOT' add oil wait for a minute ,add mustard seeds.

  3. When the mustard seed pops add urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves, green chilli,hing peanuts.

  4. Wait until the urad dal and chana dal turn light golden brown.

  5. Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.

  6. Once the water comes into rolling boil add the turmeric powder ,salt and rice.

  7. Mix it well and close the lid and turn on pressure cook mode ,High pressure 4 minutes and do a QR(Quick release)

  8. Open the pot and add lemon juice and mix it well.

  9. Your lemon rice is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Please use sunflower oil /peanut oil/sesame seed oil for this recipe and please don't use ghee for lemon rice.
  • Don't add lemon juice while adding water or in saute mode. Always when you make traditional south Indian lemon rice add lemon juice at the end like we add lemon juice in salads to get full nutrients.
  • Do not cook further after you add lemon juice.
  • Adding roasted peanuts is totally optional. If you are allergic to peanuts please ignore.