Instant Pot Lemon Rice
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Lemon Rice Recipe - Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Flavorful, tangy and crunchy Instant Pot Lemon Rice from South India, made as a one-pot dish in Instant Pot. Aromatic Basmati Rice flavored with lemon juice, mustard seeds, ginger and topped with roasted peanuts. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy, instant pot, instant pot rice
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Meeta Arora



  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat oil in it. Add chana dal and urad dal. Sauté them for about a minute until they are slightly browned. 
  • Add mustard seeds, dry red chili, curry leaves, asafoetida and ginger. Stir and saute for 30 seconds while the mustard seeds splutter. 
  • Add turmeric powder and salt. Stir well. 
  • Add rice and water. Stir in the lemon juice. Press Cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Start the instant pot in Manual or Pressure Cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then quick release the pressure manually. 
  • Add roasted peanuts. Gently fluff the rice with a fork while mixing the peanuts in the rice.  
  • Lemon Rice is ready to be enjoyed! 



  • If you don’t have roasted peanuts, then you can roast them in the instant pot before starting the recipe. Add 1-2 tbsp of ghee and add roast the peanuts in it. Take them out and continue with the recipe below. You can also add roasted cashews if you like.
  • You can use lime or lemons to make this dish. Lime's are usually a bit more tart than lemons, so adjust the quantity if juice to your taste. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.3mg