October 29, 2009

Lemon Rice - ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ

Lemon Rice/Yellow rice/Chitranna is a simple, flavorful, colorful and famous South Indian, Karnataka rice dish. This is one of the items that can be prepared in less than 30 mins.  There are many varieties of "Chitranna",  I am publishing one of the methods for preparing "Chitranna". 

11/2 cup rice (uncooked rice)
1 large onion- chopped finely
1/2 of large tomato - chopped finely
5 - 6 slit green chillies
5 -6 curry leaves - chopped
2 tbsp cilantro - chopped
3-5 tbsp Lemon juice
For seasoning/oggarane/tadka
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Channa dal (Bengal gram)
1 tbsp urad dal (black gram)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
5-6 tbsp oil


  • Cook the rice with enough water (each grain should be separate and not sticky). Drain and spread out on a wide vessel.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add ½ tsp of mustard and let them splutter. Add 1 tbsp black gram. 1 tbsp of Bengal gram.
  • Add slit green chillies and fry till the dals turn red (approx 2 mts) on medium heat. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric.
  • Add curry leaves and onion and fry till onion turn light brown color, then add chopped tomato and fry till soft. Turn off heat.
  • Add this to the rice with  lemon juice and salt. Combine well. Adjust salt and lemon juice.
  • Serve with Coriander chutney or Mint chutney

1 comment:

  1. Hey Nayana,
    Thanks a ton for this recipe. I am a big south indian food fan but being a north indian myself, have always found south indian dishes too complicated to cook. But your recipe was so simple that it motivated me to try it out right after reading it. The lemon rice came out just perfect! My hubby loved it and it became a instant hit! M gonna make it again today on special request. Thanks again. Keep blogging!