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, chitranna is among the dishes prepared.

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 / 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 / yogurt too will be a good companion with 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 cup
2. Oil 1-and-1/2 tablespoon
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Ground nut 1 tablespoon
5. Channa dal 1 teaspoon
6. Urad dal 1 teaspoon
7. Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
8. Green chilies 4-5
9. Curry leaves 1 sprig
10. Onions 2
11. Ginger 1/4 teaspoon (chopped)

Ginger is said to be good for the health. Read more info about the ginger health benefits in the blog.
12. Garlic cloves 5-6 (optional)
13. Coconut gratings 1 tablespoon
14. Lemon juice to taste
15. Turmeric powder 1/8 teaspoon
16. Hing / asfoetida 2 pinches
17. Salt to taste
18. Garnishing: coriander leaves

Chitranna Recipe

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

Spread the rice on a plate to cool.

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2. Chop the onions and green chilies. Keep aside.

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3. Heat oil in a kadai.

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4. Add mustard seeds.

Add ground nuts and chana dal when the mustard seeds begin to splutter. Fry for 1 minute.

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5. Add cumin seeds, urad dal and hing. Fry till dal turns to golden brown.

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6. Add curry leaves and chilies. Fry.

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7. Add chopped onions, ginger and garlic cloves. Fry till the onions become soft.

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8. Add turmeric powder, little lemon juice and salt. Fry till there is no raw smell of turmeric goes. Keep aside to cool.

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

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10. Add lemon juice, coconut gratings and salt. Mix.

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Chitranna is ready. Garnish it with coriander leaves and, if desired, coconut gratings.

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TIPS Chitranna
1. If you want to keep the chitranna for a longer period, add coconut gratings along with the turmeric powder in Step 8.