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Nimmakaya Pulihora lemon rice

Lemon Rice Nimmakaya Pulihora

Nimmakaya pulihora Andhra recipe lemon rice is tasty flavoured rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine andhra, Indian
Servings 3 People
Calories 360 kcal


  • Pressure cooker


  • 1 cup Rice

  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice

  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric 

For Tempering:

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 4 Red chillies
  • 1/2 tbsp Urad dal 
  • 1/2 tbsp Split chana dal
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Few sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida


  • Wash the rice and soak for 30 mins.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water and pressure cook. Add a pinch of turmeric to the rice before pressure cooking.
  • If you don’t want to pressure cook. You can follow this. Boil 5 cups of water in a large vessel. Add the soaked rice to it and bring it to a boil. Keep checking the rice by pressing a grain every 5 mins.
  • Once you think, the rice is cooked till the required softness as per your taste, turn off the flame.
  • Drain the water by tying a muslin cloth to the neck of the vessel. This helps to drain all the water from the rice.
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl or a vessel that will help you mix evenly and let it cool down.

  • I generally pressure cook the rice.
  • But this also tastes equally good. Elders in my family prefer making the rice for lemon rice this way.
  • Try the method whichever is convenient for you.
  • Keep the lemon juice ready. I had to take 4 large lemons to get ¼ cup of lemon juice. The number of lemons varies based on the juice that they contain. So just squeeze as many lemons that will give you ¼ cup of lemon juice.
  • In a Kadai, heat the oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the peanuts and fry till half done.
  • Then add split chana dal and urad dal and fry.
  • Once they start turning colour, add mustard seeds, green chillies, red chillies and sauté.
  • Add the curry leaves and fry till crisp.
  • Add asafoetida and turn off the flame.
  • Also add the remaining turmeric and mix well.
  • Now quickly transfer this tempering on to the cooled down rice.
  • Let it cool.
  • After cooling, sprinkle salt on the rice as per your taste.
  • Gently mix using hands. Do not crush the rice. Be careful while doing this.
  • After the tempering and salt are evenly mixed with the rice, add lemon juice.
  • Gently mix again. Make sure you mix it thoroughly but gently.
  • Once you mix it evenly, our lemon rice is ready to serve.


* As far tempering is considered, you can always add or delete the ingredients you like or dislike. Cashews, roasted almonds can be added to give this the kids.
** You also can add cumin to the tempering but I do not add cumin in lemon rice. I prefer to add cumin for tamarind rice.
*** The amount of lemon juice and chillies can be adjusted according to your taste.
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