Chitranna or lemon rice (Chitranna is an authentic Karnataka style rice dish.) © Geetha Prabhu
2 cups cooked rice (make sure it is fluffy and grains are separated)
1 tsp turmeric
¾ cup chopped onion (optional)
½ cup groundnuts
3-4 green chillies (chopped finely)
Juice of a lemon
1/2 cup coconut grated
Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
For the seasoning (tadka)
2 tsp urad daal
1 tsp chana daal
1.5 tsp Mustard seeds
Take a big plate and spread out the rice making sure there are no lumps. Add salt, mix and keep aside.
Take a heavy bottom pan, add oil on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter, next add the cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafetida. Mix well. Now add the peanuts, green chillies, both the daals and roast until the peanuts get crunchy.
Note: The flavor comes from mustard seeds, so add more thatn usual. Also the quantity of oil should be more than usual.
Add the chopped onions (optional) and fry until it gets transparent.
Add the rice, turmeric and mix thoroughly. Cover the lid and let it cook for a while.
Finally add the coconut, chopped coriander leaves and juice of a lemon. Mix well. Serve hot.
Note: Make sure to add the lemon juice when the prepared rice has cooled down a little, else it tends to add sourness to the rice.
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