Tangy Lemon Rice With Fresh Mango & Roasted Cashew #SundaySupper


Tangy lemon rice with fresh mango & roasted cashews make a savory summer side!  My Sunday Supper group is celebrating March 31, Citrus day with a “Citrus theme “ hosted by the colorful and creative author of Jaunita’s Cocina and I jumped right in with my lemon rice. I love anything lime and lemony and my favorite dessert is key lime pie. I add lemon and lemon zest to everything  and anything that I can add lemon to. It just adds so much to any dish.  This lemon rice is perfect picnic food. I have fond memories of eating lemon rice on paper plates every time we went to the beach. It went perfectly with the warm beach weather. Not to mention lemon acts as a natural preservative and makes lemon rice a safe picnic food. I usually add raw grated mango to the lemon rice, but this time the mango I picked up in the store was ripe, so I cut in into little bits and tossed it into the rice. Yummy!! Add some roasted cashew and you have tangy, savory, sweet lemon rice that tastes perfect eaten warm or cold!!



Nutrition Wise!

Lemon is packed with Vitamin C and makes food alkaline. It lowers the GI of any dish, thus making the lemon rice low GI rice. GI or the glycemic index of foods refers to the rate at which a food hits your blood sugar. Lower GI foods are healthier for everyone.  Nuts are packed with healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants. Mangoes are packed with fiber, Vitamin A, C and just add a tropical touch to any dish!! All in all, a low GI, nutrition packed Lemon rice! 



Lemon Rice with Mango & Roasted Cashew


  • 4 Cups cooked rice (long grain or basmati rice)
  • 2 lemons (juiced or 1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup ripe mango (diced)
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups cashew nuts (roasted)


Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry chili flakes, sliced onion and saute for 3 minutes.
Add turmeric and saute for 2 minutes. Add salt . Take off the fire.
Mix lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh cilantro. Add to cooked rice and mix well.
Gently stir in roasted cashew and fresh mango. Serve warm or cool.

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About Sunithi Selvaraj, RD

Registered Dietitian with a sweet tooth and a passion for eating healthy ( quite a combo) Nutrition Geek, Healthy Nut.........


  1. Yum! Hats off to you for finding the perfect flavor profile =)

    I’ll be visiting my father and step-mom in Florida pretty soon so the citrus and spice infused rice will make for a brilliant meal. My dad is a huge mango fan so he will sooo enjoy this dish…And of course anything with rice gets my vote!

    Great reminder,too, regarding lemon as a preservative.

  2. Beautiful and summery dish. I can see it being perfect for a picnic. It would be a great side to pork or chicken.

  3. This recipe is simply amazing Suni. Not only the lemon and mango, but all those spices! OMG, I love it!

  4. I make a pineapple version of this rice. So, I KNOW this is good! YUM! I can’t wait to try this with mangos!

  5. This rice looks amazing! I’m a big fan of rice with a lot of stuff in it. Mmm citrus and mango work together well.

  6. So pretty and what great flavors in the rice!

  7. I’m so excited that I have all of these ingredients in my pantry right now! Must make this week.

  8. what a beautiful dish and an interesting flavor combination…. looking forward to trying this!

  9. Oh wow this lemon rice alone sounded perfect, but the addition of mango and cashews sounds amazing

  10. Mmmmm – this looks delicious!!!

  11. It fit for my breakfast 🙂
    Rice is my main food and this lemon rice with mango will be my favorite food…

  12. Even without the cashews (allergy) this would be a hit at our table!

  13. This is such an awesome recipe, and again, what an informative post! I didn’t know that lemons act as a preservative! Thanks for sharing this- anything with lemon, mangoes and cilantro are clear winners to me! Oh, and I adore that heart plate 😉

  14. I love a rice that is “pumped up” with lots of goodies! I like that you consider this a picnic dish, because that is exactly how I’d want to eat it – outside…perhaps with a glass of chilled white wine? A girl can dream…

  15. Love this dish, it’s got everything yummy and fabulous in it. I could eat a giant bowl of this.

  16. You always come up with the most amazing combination of flavors… love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  17. Oh I love the tangy flavors and the fresh mango just enhances it even more 🙂 Gorgeous!

  18. Such a great tip on keeping rice safe, Sue! I’d never have thought to use lemon juice to do that but it’s brilliant. I’m such a rice traditionalist – I don’t think I’ve ever had it with fruit. The longer I stare at your photo, the more I need to make and eat this asap!

  19. Reading the recipe, it sounds quite robust. When I get well and have all the ingredients, I plan to try this!

  20. oh my gosh! this looks and sounds fantastic. I love how you paired the different flavors for this rice! and the texture of the cashews! this is a must make for sure!

  21. Sounds delicious Sue!

  22. So many marvelous flavors and textures in this amazing rice! YUM!

  23. What’s the difference between rice wine and rice vinegar?

  24. This looks intriguing to me. Fresh mango and roasted cashew on top of rice is something new to me.

  25. My mouth is watering and I’m clicking and saving like a crazy woman. I love lemon! Thanks for all the great resources. I’m going to try the Tangy Lemon Rice tomorrow night.

  26. Hi,
    I really appreciate to your blog.
    Its called a yummy blog.:D
    Thanks for the useful sharing.


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