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Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

  • Author: Sanchita Dey
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 26 minutes


Golden-hued and beautiful, Lemon Rice is a 30-minute vegetarian dish made with basmati rice and spiced with peanuts and lemon. This one-pot meal is made with simple vegetables and spices along with peanuts.


  • 2 cup – Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp – Urad dal
  • 2 tbsp – Chana dal
  • 3 tbsp – Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp – Peanut
  • 2 tbsp – Cashew
  • 3 to 4 – Green chilies (slit)
  • 10 to 12 – Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp – Refined oil/ sesame oil/ coconut oil
  • 1 tsp – Hing
  • 1/2 tsp – Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp – Mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash rice thoroughly in water. Soak rice for 30 minutes and then drain excess water.
  2. Turn on saute mode for 30 minutes. Wait till hot mode gets started.
  3. Pour sesame oil. Add soaked and drained urad dal. Add soaked chana dal. Keep stirring. Add mustard seeds, hing/ asafoetida, and mix.
  4. Add grated ginger. Saute till the raw smell is gone.
  5. Add peanuts, cashew, curry leaves, green chilies slit, turmeric powder.
  6. Add soaked basmati rice. Give it a nice mix.
  7. Add water, salt, lemon juice. Stir well. Close the lid.
  8. You must click on the CANCEL button, then close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve in the sealing position.
  9. Turn on the pressure cook button. Pressure cook for 6 minutes.
  10. Once done press cancel. After 10 minutes turn the valve to venting for natural release.
  11. Let the pressure release completely and the red plug goes down.
  12. Open the lid. Serve in a bowl.


  • This dish must be cooked with short-grain rice. Although there‚Äôs no official recipe for this dish, it traditionally is prepared with sona masuri rice.
  • The amount of chili and lemon juice in the recipe can be adjusted based on your taste.
  • These rice are good in the refrigerator for three to four days.
  • You can pack this recipe in your lunch box.
  • Additionally, to adding flavor to the rice, you can also add a tsp of ghee. It will improve its flavor. However, if you’re vegan, feel free to skip that step.
  • This rice can be further enhanced with vegetables such as carrots, beans, etc.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Instant-Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 4 people
  • Calories: 250 Kcal
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 81mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 0

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