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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Lemon Rice/Chitranna


Lemon Rice/Chitranna recipe is an all time favorite especially during travel and as picnic food. Love the way how a pinch of turmeric adds color and the visual appeal of seasoning of spices, curry leaves and peanuts in the rice. In Karnataka most of the time we prepare lemon rice as breakfast by using the leftover rice.


Ingredients for Lemon Rice/Chitranna :
1 cup raw rice
juice of 2 lemons adjust
salt to taste

Tempering :
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of hing/asafoetida
1 tbsp channa dal
1 tbsp urad dal
2 dry chillis, split into half
2 green chillis, slit
1 string curry leaves
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp grated coconut
1/4 tsp haldi/turmeric pwd/pasupu

To prepare Lemon Rice/Chitranna :

1. Cook rice with each grain separate and spread it on a plate.
2. Heat oil in a vessel, add the mustard seeds, hing/asafoetida and as they begin to sizzle, add the red chillis, peanuts, dals and allow them to turn slightly red.
3. Add curry leaves, green chillis, grated ginger, grated coconut and stir fry for few more secs. Add turmeric pwd, and combine. Turn off the heat.
4. Add salt to taste and 3/4th of the lemon juice and combine well. Add the seasoning and combine that it coats the rice well.
5. Taste and if you feel that it needs more tang, add more lemon juice accordingly.
6. Serve with any chutney or curry of your choice, yogurt and papad or mixture.

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