Instant Pot Lemon Rice | Lime Rice


    • 1 1/2 cup sona masoori rice
    • 3 cups water
    • Salt as needed.
    • 3 tbsp sesame oil (or any oil)
    • 1 to 2 lemons (depends on the size of the lemon and taste)
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 2 tbsp ginger minced
    • 4 green chilies
    • 2 red chilies
    • chopped cilantro
    • Tempering:
      • 1 tsp mustard seeds
      • 1 tsp urad dal
      • 1 tsp cumin seeds
      • 1/2 tbsp chana dal
      • 1/4 cup peanuts
      • Curry leaves
      • Hing / Asafotida


Check these other Instant pot Rice Varieties : 

Cook Plain Rice:

    • Wash and drain rice, add water and salt. For 1 cup sona masoori rice, use 2 cups of water.
    • Add 1 cup water to the bottom of the instant pot, and place trivet.
    • Keep the rice vessel inside using pot in pot method.
    • Close the lid with sealing position.  Set high pressure 7 minutes, cancel after done.
    • Open the lid after natural pressure release. 
    • Fluff the rice with fork, add oil and mix them.  Let it cool, so lemon rice can't be mushy.

Lemon rice:

    • Squeeze  1 to 2 lemons, it is based on the lemon size and taste.  Here I used 1 1/2 lemon.
    • Clean the instant pot, Turn on saute mode.
    • When pot is hot, add oil, here I used Sesame oil which gives nice aroma.  
    • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal and peanuts.  Saute until nuts are light brown.
    • Add minced ginger, green chili, red chili, curry leaves and hing - Saute for a minute.
    • Add salt and turmeric powder - quick stir.
    • Turn off instant pot, then add lemon juice and chopped cilantro.  As bottom pot is heat, it will be ok to turn off saute mode before adding lemon juice.
    • Slowly add cooked rice and mix them well.
    • If needed add more salt and lemon juice as per taste.
    • Delicious Lemon Rice is Ready, it goes well with spicy potato.