South Indian Lemon rice recipe (Chitrannam)

Lemon rice recipe – Very popular rice dish from South India. It can be part of simple everyday meal or part of the special occasion or festival feast. It also known as chitrannam or Nimmakaya annam in other Indian languages.

Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

The easiest and quickest rice recipe that you will ever come across. If you have cooked rice ready or have some leftover rice, this recipe can be done in only 5 minutes.

If cooking the rice specially for this, I would recommend cooking the rice few hours before. So cooked rice has some time cool down and firm up. So while making lemon rice, the rice grain will not break while Stirling.

Addition of peanuts and cashews give nice crunch in this rice dish.

The amount of lemon juice is as per your liking. Also every lemon has different sourness. So start with little amount, taste and see if needed more.

Check out other south Indian rice recipes
tomato rice  //  tamarind rice  //  raw mango rice  //  sweet corn rice  // Curd rice


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1) First you need cooked rice. Here is the step by step method to cook perfect rice. each and every rice grain is separated from each other. Perfect for this kind of rice recipes. Let the rice cool down slightly and then use in this recipe.

2) Prepare all the ingredients, as once oil is heated we need them one by one. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds, let them pop.

3) Then lower the heat to low, add urad dal.

4) Saute with stirring constantly till it becomes light brown in color.
Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

5) Now add dried red chili, cashews and peanuts.

6) Roast them till they are light brown in color.
Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

7) Then add curry leaves, slit green chilies and turmeric powder.

8) Saute for 30 seconds.
Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

9) Now add cooked rice and salt if needed. make gas heat medium. you can skip the salt, if your cooked rice already salted.

10) Mix well and make sure that rice grain do not break too much. Let the rice get heated up
Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

11) Squeeze fresh lemon juice.

12) Again mix well.
Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

Lemon rice is ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Serve as such or with papadum. This is good rice recipe to pack in kids’ or adult’s lunch box. Serve some roasted or fried papadum on side. This makes light yet filling meal.

Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice

Lemon rice recipe | Chitrannam recipe | South Indian lemon rice
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Lemon rice recipe (Chitrannam recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 3 cups Cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Urad dal (split, skinless black gram)
  • 1 Dried red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons Peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew nuts
  • 1-2 Green chili slit
  • 6-7 Curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Lemon juice

Instructions

  1. First you need cooked rice. Let the rice cool down slightly and then use in this recipe.

making lemon rice recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds, let them pop.
  2. Then lower the heat to low, add urad dal. Saute with stirring constantly till it becomes light brown in color.
  3. Now add dried red chili, cashews and peanuts. Roast them till they are light brown in color.
  4. Then add curry leaves, slit green chilies and turmeric powder. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Now add cooked rice and salt if needed.
  6. make gas heat medium.
  7. Mix well and make sure that rice grain do not break too much. Let the rice get heated up
  8. Squeeze fresh lemon juice.
  9. Again mix well.
  10. Turn off the stove.

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