Lemon rice recipe | How to make lemon rice | Chitranna recipe

Lemon rice recipe is a popular south indian rice recipe where cooked rice mixed with aromatic tempering, roasted nuts, herbs and spices.Lemon rice also known as chitranna recipe or nimmakaya pulihora a crunchy, flavorful dish.To cook lemon rice recipe follow below step by step instructions on how to make lemon rice?lemon rice recipe , chitranna recipe

If you want to cook delicious dish from south indian cuisine.Then i will suggest try this super easy and aromatic lemon rice recipe.

This aromatic chitranna recipe is made with fried tempering made with dal , nut , spices , freshly cooked rice and lemon juice.

 

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What is lemon rice?

Lemon rice recipe or Chitranna recipe is the most popular rice recipes from the south indian cuisine.

In this lemon rice recipe first tempering is prepared with fried mustard seeds, urad dal, chilies, herbs and spices then pour steamed rice on it along with fried peanuts and cashews, lemon juice, and everything is mixed together.

 

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What are the side dish of lemon rice?

The side dish of lemon rice or chitranna recipe is vegetable salad or papad and plain yogurt.

 

Tips to make lemon rice recipe

 

  • Choice of Rice : Always use non sticky, less starchy short grain rice for lemon rice where cooked rice can easily separate without being mushy.Make sure you soak the rice in water for 30 mins before cooking.

 

  • Tempering : To enhances flavor in chitranna recipe tempering is must with urad dal , chana dal , mustard seeds, cashew nut , dried red chili,green chili, fresh ginger garlic , hing and turmeric.

 

  • Nuts : To make lemon rice more flavorful add roasted peanuts and cashew nuts in butter, then add when lemon rice is ready.

 

  • Lemons : For refreshing lemon rice try to use fresh ripe lemons.If you want you can also use limes.

 

  • Choice of Oil : Lemon rice can be made from any types of oil including sunflower oil, peanut oil, sesame oil etc.

 

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How to make lemon rice?

Here, the complete recipe of lemon rice preparation classified into three simple categories first one is frying nut,

second one is cooking rice for chitranna recipe and last one is making lemon rice recipe.

so, let’s make it now.

 

Frying nut

 

1. At first for frying nut for lemon rice recipe , melt 2 tablespoon butter in a pan.

melt butter in pan

 

2. Now roast 50 grams peanuts and 15 cashew in medium flame.

roast peanut and cashew

 

3. At this stage nuts become golden and crunchy.Transfer them to a separate plate.

saute nuts till crunchy

 

 

Cooking rice for chitranna recipe

 

1. At first cooking rice for chitranna recipe rinse 200 grams white rice then soak in sufficient water for 30 min.

soak basmati rice in water

 

2. Now pour 500 ml water along with pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon oil in a kadai.

heat water , salt and dash of oil in kadai

 

3. When water starts boiling add drained rice, cover the lid and cook rice in medium flame for 15 min till all the water has been absorbed and rice grains are tender and fluffy.

cook drained rice till all water absorbed

 

Note : If you are using pressure cooker then pressure cook for 8 to 10 minutes or for 3 to 4 whistles on a medium to medium-high heat. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, then open the lid.

 

4. Now transfer the rice in a bowl or plate and set aside to become cool at room temperature.

transfer cook rice on plate

 

How to prepare lemon rice

 

1. Now to prepare lemon rice heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan and spread it evenly.

heat oil in a pan

 

2. When oil becomes hot add 1 teaspoon mustard seed , 1 teaspoon urad dal and 1 teaspoon chana dal , saute them in medium flame till dal becomes golden.

saute urad dal , chana dal , mustard seed

 

3. Now add 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger , 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic and 2 chopped green chili, 2 dried red chili and saute them for 1 min.

saute ginger garlic, green chili, red chili

 

4. Next add pinch of hing, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and salt and dash of water.

add pinch of hing, turmeric, water

 

5. After that mix quickly and water starts evaporating, at this stage mixture becomes aromatic as well as chana dal and urad dal becomes soft but crunchy.Finally turn off the stove.

cook dal until it becomes soft and crunchy

 

6. Now add cooled cooked rice on tempering.

add cool cooked rice

 

7. Gently mix the rice without breaking.

mix rice without breaking

 

8. After that add fried peanut and cashew on lemon rice.

add fried peanut and cashew

 

9. Squeeze 2 teaspoon lemon juice and pinch of salt on lemon rice.Finally Keep the chitranna rice covered for 5 minutes to get flavor.

cover lemon rice for sometime

 

 

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Lemon rice recipe | How to make lemon rice | Chitranna recipe

lemon rice recipe , chitranna recipe

Lemon rice recipe is the famous south indian rice recipe.It is also known as chitranna recipe or nimmakaya pulihora.Must try this quick and delicious lemon rice for your family.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Soaking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients for lemon rice

  • 15 cashew
  • 50 grams peanut
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 chopped green chili
  • 2 dried red chili
  • Pinch of hing
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 200 grams short grain rice or basmati rice
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

how to make lemon rice?

  1. At first for cooking lemon rice recipe melt butter in a pan.
  2. Now roast peanuts and cashew in medium flame till become golden and crunchy.
  3. At first cooking rice for chitranna recipe rinse rice then soak in sufficient water.
  4. After that boil water along with pinch of salt and dash of oil in a kadai.
  5. Next add drained rice, cover the lid and cook rice in medium flame till all the water has been absorbed and rice grains are tender and fluffy.
  6. Now transfer the rice in a bowl or plate and set aside to become cool at room temperature.
  7. After that heat oil in a pan and spread it evenly.
  8. Then saute mustard seed , urad dal , chana dal in medium flame till dal becomes golden.
  9. Furthermore add chopped ginger , garlic , green chili, red chili and saute them for 1 min.
  10. Next add pinch of hing, turmeric and salt , dash of water and quickly mix till chana dal and urad dal becomes soft but crunchy.
  11. Now add cooled cooked rice on tempering and gently mix without breaking.
  12. After that add fried peanut and cashew on lemon rice.
  13. Finally squeeze lemon juice , pinch of salt on lemon rice and covered for 5 minutes to get flavor.

Notes

Lemon Rice Recipe Note

  1. If you cook rice in pressure cooker then pressure cook for 8 to 10 minutes or for 3 to 4 whistles on medium-high heat. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, then open the lid.
  2. For fluffy lemon rice try to use completely cooled rice on tempering.

Nutrition Information

Yield

3

Serving Size

3

Amount Per Serving Calories 767Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 88mgSodium 1505mgCarbohydrates 64gFiber 5gSugar 7gProtein 34g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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