Lemon Rice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Instant pot Lemon Rice by Spice Cravings. Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice; this satisfying side is the perfect accompaniment to any protein you’re making.

Lemon rice pairs very well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops, Salmon Tikki, Chicken Kebab etc. Pair it with a side of grilled or oven-roasted vegetables and you have a perfectly balanced meal in under 30 minutes.

Variations of Lemon Rice

I like to make this recipe with long grain Basmati Rice, but this can work with Jasmine Rice as well. This recipe is traditionally made with split black gram lentils (urad), but sometimes, I skip that and add chopped cashews or almonds instead and it turns out great.

I usually make Lemon rice in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot 6 Qt, but this dish can be made on the stove-top too.   To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.
Instant pot Lemon Rice by Spice Cravings. Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Stove-Top Recipe

Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad). When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chilis, drained rice and spices. Add fried onions (optional). Saute for 1 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes. Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it!

Dishes that Pair Well with Lemon Rice

Lemon rice is a great base for many different dishes ranging from chicken skewers to butter chicken to kadai paneer.

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10-Minute Kadai paneer by Spice Cravings is a delicious & elegant dish made with Paneer, peppers & onions. Seasoned with fragrant Indian spices, this is a real crowd pleaser. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #indian #SpiceCravings
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Fish Coconut Curry by Spice Cravings is a light fish prepared in a coconut milk broth with aromatics and tons of curry leaves, served over a mountain of steamed white rice. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #indian 
Fish Coconut Curry

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Instant pot Lemon Rice by Spice Cravings. Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Lemon Rice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Mediterranean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ghee or butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal split split black gram lentils, rinsed and dried
  • 3 whole green chillies tops off (this way they release aroma, not spice)
  • 1 cup Basmati rice rinsed 2-3 times
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup fried onions optional
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon water : this ratio works better for me than 1:1
  • 1/2 lemon juiced, to add after cooking
Instructions
  1. Rinse basmati rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE mode (high). Wait till it reads "hot", and add ghee, mustard seeds and split black gram lentils.
  2. When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chilies, drained rice and spices. Add fried onions (optional). Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add water, stir and close the lid. Set Manual/Pressure cook for 6 minutes. Vent at Sealing position.
  3. Manually release pressure after 5 minutes (NPR 5). Open lid after pin has dropped and pot is completely depressurized. Fluff the rice with a fork. Squeeze juice of 1/2 a lemon and mix well.
Stove-top recipe
  1. Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad). 

  2. When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chilis, drained rice and spices. Add fried onions (optional). Saute for 1 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes. 

  3. Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it!

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Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Rice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 438mg 18%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin C 13.6%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Instant pot Lemon Rice by Spice Cravings. Lemon Rice, fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice. This satisfying side pairs well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops or kebabs. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Ken
    March 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Aneesha – this recipe looks great, and I will try it for sure. Maybe some peanuts instead of or in addition to the channa dal, and maybe some curry leaves since I just got my hands one some this week.

    one question – your instructions never specify when to use the ghee. I am assuming the dal and mustard seeds get sautéed in it. Can you confirm? Thanks.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      March 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Ken, good catch- thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the recipe. Yes, the mustard and dal is sautéed in ghee. I often add cashews to this dish, so yes peanuts would be great. Curry leaves would go really well in here too, you can add them with the mustard seeds. Hope you enjoy this dish. Would love to hear how you liked it!

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