Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Picture rice

If you are wondering what the title is, well, it is the direct translation of chitranna. Basically lemon/mango rice. One of the easiest things to make when you are short of veggies and time. And it is filling and wholesome. If you are the rice eating types, then this is surely something that you would know how to dish up. Nevertheless, since we prepared it, we are posting it. :P
Raw materials-
Finely chopped onion - 1
Grated raw mango - 1/2
Peanuts - a handful
Green chillies - 2, slit into halves
Curry leaves
turmeric powder
Mustard seeds -one tsp
grated coconut and coriander for garnishing
Salt, cooked rice.

Heat 2 tsps of oil in a kadai. Add to it mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the chillies, curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add the peanuts and fry until they turn slightly brownish. Now add the onion and a pinch of turmeric and wait until it becomes golden brown. Add the grated mango to the kadai and cook for two minutes. Adjust the salt. Mix in the cooked rice to it and add more salt if necessary. Top it with grated coconut and coriander.Takes about ten minutes if you have cooked rice ready. The chitranna is ready to be eaten.


  1. Hi indra,

    How are u?
    i have small silly doubt...
    during 'add the chillies, curry leaves and fry for a minute' period, should the flame be kept low or high..bye

  2. Seems to be simple! will try it out! have a doubt.. what shud I do if it doesn't turn golden brown?!! Now a days nothing hapns as expectd! ;)

  3. @Sarat,
    Better to keep the flame low. Will prevent the choking caused by chillies ;)

    It can turn dark brown also. We have done it a couple of times. If you decide to take a walk in the process, it might even turn black. Then it will be col-color rice ;) Don't let this scare you. Do give it a try!