I try to mix and match my grains throughout the week and am always on the look-out for new, easy recipes that taste great and are nutritious. In my search last week I discovered a simple rice dish that has just 7 ingredients with 2 optional add is. It is easy but offers a powerfully fresh taste and makes a nice variation from plain rice.

Try it and let me know what you think.

Lemon Rice

A great variation to your plain rice.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword lemon, lemon rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 Tbsp. butter or ghee
  • 1/2 leek diced
  • 1 c. Jasmine rice
  • 13 oz. vegetable stock
  • Lemon zest from half a lemon or more depending on your taste
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1/2 red pepper (optional) diced
  • 1/2 tsp. black mustard seeds (optional)


  1. Cook leek in ghee for 5-10 minutes on medium heat until soft. *If using the optional black mustard seeds, add for 1 minute before the leek.  If using the red pepper, add along with the leek.

  2. Add the rice and continue to coat and cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes or until slightly brown. 

  3. Add the stock, zest and salt. Bring to a boil then turn to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. 

  4. Add fresh parsley and serve.

Recipe Notes

Jasmine is a rice with a higher moisture content, making it lovely for vata and pitta doshas.  To make more balancing for kapha dosha, try basmati rice instead, which is drier.