Lemon/lime rice – Tamilnadu’s popular rice variety

Lemon rice or Elumicham Sadam is a popular rice variety in tamil nadu and is a perfect comfort food. Its very easy and quick to make and can be very easily carried in tiffin box for your lunch.

I have come across two versions of the preperation of this rice variety. Though I use the first version more.

      Now I have updated the post with a third version of making it when you are in a hurry.


  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Course: main course
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins


1 cup Rice- (you can use any raw rice or basmati also works well here.)
1 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Udid dal
1 tsp Channa dal
3 – 4 Dried red chillies
1 Curry leaves- stem
3/4 cup Groundnuts
a pinch Asafoetida
one Juice of lemon
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Turmeric powder
to taste Salt


  1. Version 1

Cook the rice till it is soft and grains are seperate.

Heat oil in a pan.

Add mustard, udid dal,channa dal,dried red chillies,asafoetida and then add curry leaves and groundnuts. Mix well.

Add the turmeric powder and salt.

Then add the cooked rice. Stir and mix well.

Switch off the flame.

  1. Ingredients

    Squeeze out the juice of the lime into the rice.
  2. Steps

    1. Mix well.
  3. Version2
  4. Cook the rice.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, udid dal ,channa dal, asafoetida ,dried red chillies ,groundnuts and curry leaves.
  6. Add the cooked rice and mix well with seasoning.
  7. In a small vessel squeeze out the lime juice. Add tumeric powder and salt to it and heat it for few seconds. (don’t heat for too long , otherwise it will turn bitter).
  8. Add this to the rice. Mix well.
  9. Updated- Version 3
  10.  This is my own version which I do nowadays when I am in a real hurry!!!
  11. Wash the rice well. Drain the water. Keep it aside.
  12. Heat a pressure cooker pan.
  13. Add mustard seeds, udid dal, channa dal dried red chillies and peanuts.
  14. Add the curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  15. Add turmeric powder and salt.
  16. Add the soaked rice.
  17. Mix everything well together.
  18. Close the lid along with the whistle.
  19. Cook till the rice is soft and the grains are seperate.
  20. When it depressurises, open the lid.
  21. Mix with a spoon or just fluff it up with a fork.
  22. Squeeze the lemon juice.
  23. Mix well.
  24. Serve immediately with fried papads or onion tomato chutney or potato curry is the best combo with lemon rice.

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  1. its really a perfect comfort food. I always make 1st version only, never knew abt 2nd, ‘ll try next time..

  2. Mahimaa's kitchen

    yes, this is a perfect comfort food anytime. looks very inviting.

  3. Wow makes me drool. I can have this at anytime of the day. Simply superb recipe.

  4. all time favourite…;-)

  5. I make the 1 rst version my mom makes the 2 nd one, either way the food is confort!


    I am a die hard fan of lemon rice sowmya,U tempted me to make it today:)

  7. comfort food .. 2nd version is new to me .. looks yumm

  8. Love Lime rice..looks yummy:)

  9. I love these . Looks yumm and beautiful olour

  10. Yummy lime rice Sow..I make it as a best way to use up leftover rice..I follow the first version too..;-)

  11. its easy to prepare and tasty one!

  12. Simple n yummy post. I love egg curry with lemon curry. urs looks so nice sowmya!

  13. Adding groundnuts to lemon rice should have given more taste. Very good lunch box recipe.

  14. srikars kitchen

    wow.. nice colour… looks perfect..

  15. lovely one Sowmya.I also love it.

  16. Loved the recipe…i had heard a lot abt love of SOUTHINDIANS for this tangy rice ,but never made this myself.Now i will surely like to give it a try and i guess i would prefer it piping hot,coz i love rice steaming hot 😉

  17. This and a dry potato curry – yummy! It’s been so long since i made this.

  18. Lemon rice is the perfect comfort food,love it….looks very inviting!

  19. Priya Suresh

    Comfort food, love them anytime, my fav rice dish..

  20. First version is the one I’ve seen. Love lemon rice anytime!! 🙂

  21. I love lime rice..good option to use Leftover rice…

  22. mmm. I can smell the aroma of lemon rice right from the picture. Looks so delicious and mouth-watering Sowmya!

  23. This is the ultimate comfort food, looks delicious

  24. This is the ultimate comfort food, looks delicious

  25. I feel the same about the lemon rice,its the perfect comfort food:)

  26. Sukanya Ramkumar

    Prefect lemon yellow color. Looks so good. Nice recipe. YUM!

  27. As you said, it is the perfect comfort food… and traditional too

  28. Andhra Flavors

    easy to cook and comfort to eat.

  29. My husband loves rice, and there are just not enough ways you can prepare it. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. My husband loves rice, and there are just not enough ways to prepare it. Thanks for the recipe, I’m sure he’ll love it.

  31. a very tempting one! yummy!


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