Maya Kaimal's Spiced Lemon Rice

// Maya Kaimal's Spiced Lemon Rice

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

3-4 mins

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Fragrant, jeweled rice comes together in a flash with Maya Kaimal’s pre-cooked Basmati Rice pouches. Fragrant aromatics such as mustard seeds, cashews, ginger and turmeric are caramelized in the microwave and tossed with rice for an easy side dish.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons raw cashew pieces
  • ¼ cup (30g) onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (30g) green bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
  • teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8.5 oz) package Maya Kaimal Basmati Rice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine the oil, mustard seeds, red peppers, cashew nuts, onion, bell peppers, ginger, turmeric, and salt in the Anyday. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the aromatics have softened.
  2. Add the Maya Kaimal Basmati Rice and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes or until rice is warm.
  3. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve with spice-rubbed chicken thighs or grilled vegetables for a complete dinner.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

Recipe notes

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  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.