Maya Kaimal's Spiced Lemon Rice

Maya Kaimal's Spiced Lemon Rice

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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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

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  • 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 ounce) 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 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, stir to combine and serve.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve with spice-rubbed chicken thighs or grilled vegetables for a complete dinner.
  • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for extra kick.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.