Chitrannam | How to make Chitrannam

By Tanuja G  |  21st Nov 2015  |  
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About Chitrannam Recipe

This is a flavored rice well known to the rest of the world as 'Lemon rice'. The name chitrannam is widely used in Telangana region and Chitranna in Northern Karnataka region. In this dish, lemon juice is added to cooked rice and tempered, thus a tangy taste is created.


Ingredients to make Chitrannam

  • 4 cups of non-flavoured rice.
  • salt to taste
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 medium sized lemons
  • oil for tempering
  • 1 teaspoon each of mustard and cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon each of urad dal chana dal and peanuts
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 6-7 green chillies
  • 4-5 dried red chillies

How to make Chitrannam

  1. Clean and wash the rice. Cook it al dente and ensure the grains of rice are separate. Once cooked, let it cool down.
  2. Put the rice into a wide vessel and add salt and turmeric to it. Squeeze lemons into the rice. Ensure the seeds are discarded. Mix this well.
  3. Heat oil in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add cumin seeds and fry for 5 seconds.
  4. Next add in peanuts and roast it till the raw smell disappears. This is the crucial step. Then add urad dal, chana dal, and fry till they turn light brown and ensure it does not burn.
  5. Now add green chillies, red chillies, curry leaves. Fry them for 10 seconds. Then switch off the gas.
  6. Add this tadka to the rice. Mix it gently.
  7. Serve hot for best taste!

My Tip:

Adjust lemon juice as per one's taste. This goes very well with pickles like avakaya ( Telugu Mango Pickle) and curds as well.

Reviews for Chitrannam (1)

Shalini Dubey3 years ago

Glad to know the authentic name of lemon rice, this is one of my absolute favourites :D

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