Chitranna is one of the easiest and fastest rice dishes to make. It is tasty and can be consumed as a breakfast or light evening food. Further, the chitranna recipe requires only the ingredients used in everyday cooking. No wonder, even though there are many new recipes on the rice recipes landscape, chitranna, an oldest rice cuisine, continues to be popular.

On some festival days too, some prepare chitranna as one of the items for nyvedhyam to the God.

The turmeric in the chitranna recipe not only adds color to this food, but also gives health benefits.

Want to know some of the benefits of turmeric powder?

The post, What are the Benefits of Turmeric?, in the blog, gives the info.

Garlic, among others, is another ingredient in the chitranna recipe with medicinal properties.

Read What are the Health Benefits of Garlic?, in the blog.

One of the must-use items for chitranna is hing or asafoetida. It gives a nice flavor to the food. So, be sure to add this item to the seasoning.

Garnish the chitranna with fresh coriander leaves and with liberal amount of coconut gratings to take the taste of this humble food several notches higher.

Do you need a side dish to eat this food? Not at all, you can eat chitranna, the Indian version of lemon rice, as is. If you like to have a side dish, coconut chutney will fit the bill. Fresh curd or yogurt too will be a good companion for chitranna.

Here is the mango rice recipe or the recipe for mavinakayi chitranna, which uses raw mango as a main ingredient.

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Servings: Three


1. Rice 1/2 cup
2. Oil 4-5 teaspoons
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Groundnut 1/2 tablespoon
5. Channa dal 1 teaspoon
6. Urad dal 1 teaspoon
7. Jeera / cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
8. Green chilies, chopped, 2-3 or to taste
9. Curry leaves 1 sprig
10. Onions, chopped, 1-2
11. Ginger, chopped, 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger is said to be good for the health. Read more info about the ginger health benefits in the blog.
12. Garlic cloves 4-5 (optional)
13. Hing / asfoetida few pinches
14. Turmeric powder 1/8 teaspoon
15. Lemon juice to taste
16. Coconut gratings 1 tablespoon
17. Salt to taste
18. Coriander leaves, chopped, few sprigs

Chitranna Recipe

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1. Cook rice in a way that the cooked grains are not sticky.

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Spread the rice on a plate to cool.

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2. Heat oil in a kadai.

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3. Add mustard seeds.

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Add the groundnuts when mustard seeds begin to splutter. Mix.

Add chana dal. Fry till the groundnuts make a crackling noise.

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4. Add urad dal and cumin.

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Fry for a few seconds.

Add hing.

Fry till the dal turns to golden brown.

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5. Add curry leaves and chilies.

Fry for a few seconds.

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6. Add onions, ginger and garlic cloves.

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Fry till the onions become soft.

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7. Add turmeric powder.

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Fry till there is no raw smell of turmeric.

Add little lemon juice and salt. Fry for a few seconds.

Do not add more lemon juice, because the onions will absorb the juice and they will become very sour.

Switch-off the stove.

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The seasoning is ready.
8. Add the cooked rice to the seasoning.

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9. Add lemon juice and salt. Mix.

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Add coconut gratings and coriander leaves.

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Chitranna, lemon rice or Indian lemon rice is ready.

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TIPS Chitranna
1. If you want to keep the chitranna for a longer period, add coconut gratings along with the salt in Step 7 and not in Step 9.
2. Do not heat the chitranna, after it is prepared, because it will lose its taste. If you do need to heat it, just warm this food.