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Instant Pot Lemon Rice - Fenugreek - Methi Lemon Rice

This rice is super easy and a delicious one pot meal.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Rice soaking time (included in prep time) 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4




  • Rinse and slit the Serrano peppers (green chili peppers) lengthwise into two halves.
  • Rinse the basmati rice well. Then soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. Discard the water before cooking.
  • Rinse and finely chop the cilantro.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil or ghee to the pot.
  • When the pot is hot add the mustard seeds, black gram lentil (urad dal), and split chickpeas (chana dal).
  • When the mustard seeds splutter add the curry leaves, asafoetida, ginger, cashew nuts, whole dried red chili peppers, and Serrano peppers. Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the frozen fenugreek leaves and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the rice and water and stir well. Make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot and scrape the bottom of the pot well.
  • Add ground turmeric, salt, and lemon juice. Mix
  • Press cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. 
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure naturally for 9 minutes.  
  • Then use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Open the lid.
  • Transfer the rice in a serving bowl.
  • Add roasted peanuts, cilantro and additional lemon juice (this is optional if you like your food extra tangy). Gently use a fork to fluff the rice gently.


  • Serve hot as is or with with yogurt, raita, pickle, salad, or chutney.


  • This recipe has been tried on a 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • All the ingredients can be easily found in an Indian grocery store or on amazon.
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, I would place this recipe at 3.5 in terms of spice levels. You can add or reduce the amount of Serrano peppers according to your preference.
Keyword Easy Lemon Rice, Instant Pot Fenugreek Lemon Rice, Instant Pot Lemon Rice, Instant Pot Methi Lemon Rice, Instant Pot Methi Rice, Lemon Rice, Methi Rice