Sunday, June 5, 2016

Chitranna (Lemon rice)

Growing up in karnataka, I was fortunate to taste and relish a variety of rice dishes. The beauty of these dishes was that they were all delicious one pot meals and soon enough became a part of our household cuisine. 

Today's recipe is one such dish. It is so easy to prepare that you will be tempted to make it whenever you feel lazy to cook. It would be more appropriate to say that you will be tempted to feel lazy so that you can make this dish. During our school days we used to call it 'figure rice' by literally translating the word chitranna (chitra=figure/picture, anna=rice) . Just like fried rice, this can be cooked ahead of time and leftover rice can also be used. There are a variety of chitranna depending on the ingredient (Mango, tomato, gooseberry etc.,) you use to flavor the rice.  I am referring to the most common one that uses lemon.

Long grain rice-1 cup
Peanuts-1 handful

Mustard-1 tsp
Urad dal (uzhunnu parippu)-1 tsp
Channa dal (kadala parippu)-1 tsp
Dry red chillies-2 broken
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Onion-1 small chopped
Green chillies-3 slit and cut in half
Curry leaves-a sprig
Coriander leaves-1 tbsp
Juice of one lemon

Cook the rice and allow it to cool. Fry peanuts and keep aside.

Heat oil in a large pan. add mustard. when it pops add all dals and dry chillies. when it changes color add turmeric and onions and saute well. Once the onion is transparent add green chilles and saute for another 2 mins. Add curry leaves 
and coriander leaves, enough salt and lemon juice. mix well and switch off the stove. Add the cooked rice to this mixture and mix thoroughly. Adjust salt if required. You can add more lemon juice to adjust the sourness according to your liking. Mix in the fried peanuts. Serve it with Kosambari.

1. You can use any type of rice. but it should be cooked just right and the grains should
    be seperate.
2. The salt can be mixed wiith rice instead f adding it to the seasoning.
3. You can add fried cashews nuts too. The coriander leaves can be added in the end as a
4. You can also mix up a handful of fresh coconut in the end.


Suja Manoj said...

One of my favorites,quick and yummy rice.

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