Zesty Lemon Basmati Delight

A Citrusy Twist on Classic Basmati Rice

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Zesty Lemon Basmati Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 20 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 30 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:194 kcal Best Season:Summer


This refreshing lemon-infused basmati rice is the perfect side dish to add a burst of flavor to your meal. With its fragrant aroma and tangy taste, it pairs wonderfully with a variety of main courses.



  1. Warm the oil in a medium-sized pot over moderate heat. Sauté the rice, ginger, and lemon zest in the heated oil for approximately one minute. Pour in the lemon juice and chicken broth. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pot. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the liquid is fully absorbed and the rice is tender, which should take about 18 to 20 minutes. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • – For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a pinch of turmeric while cooking the rice.
    – This dish can be served hot or cold, making it versatile for different occasions.
    – If you prefer a more intense lemon flavor, add more lemon juice and zest to taste.
Keywords:Lemon rice, basmati rice, side dish, citrus rice

Can I use brown basmati rice instead?

Yes, but the cooking time will be longer, and the texture will be different.

Can I substitute butter with olive oil?

Absolutely, olive oil can be used as a healthier alternative.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this lemon basmati rice is naturally gluten-free.

Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

Yes, adding vegetables like peas or bell peppers can enhance the dish.

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