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The formal name for yellow peanut rice is fittingly chitranna:) It is a South Indian recipe from Bangalore that I grew up eating. The rice is yellow from turmeric and flavored with lemon, coconut, fried peanuts, dals and spices. Since it is so colorful it is often made for special occassions or festivals. Serve with raita, green beans palya or lentil stews like sambar or rasam.
  Basmati rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄8 Teaspoon
For the spices
  Oil 3 Tablespoon, divided
  Raw peanuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Hing 1 Pinch
  Black mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Urad dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chana dal 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dried red chili/Green chili 1 Medium, halved
  Fresh curry leaves 4 Medium
  Lemon juice 1 Medium
  Salt To Taste
For the garnish
  Fresh grated coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cilantro 2 Tablespoon, chop

1. Cook the rice in a rice cooker or on stove with water and turmeric mixed in. Set cooked rice aside.
2. In a small pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and put in peanuts under medium heat. Fry peanuts until they are fragrant and turn golden brown. Put peanuts aside.
3. In a wok, heat 2 tablespoon of oil under medium heat, add the mustard seeds and hing.
4. Once they pop for a few seconds, lower the heat and add the urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and dried red chili.
5. Coat them with oil and fry for a few seconds. The urad dal and chana dal should turn a brown.
6. Add the rice into the wok and mix well. Fry for a few minutes.
7. Turn the heat off and transfer the rice in a bowl, mix in the lemon juice and coconut.
8. Add in the peanuts and cilantro and salt to your taste

9. Serve with yogurt raita.

The rice goes well with these dishes: spinach raita, palak paneer, green beens palya, sambar, saru.

Fresh dill is a nice addition to this rice which I fry for a few seconds before adding in the rice to the pan.

Things You Will Need
Small pan
Medium pan or wok

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Stir Fried
Rice, Basmati Rice
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Me, Alana and Paul just made a new cooking video on yellow peanut rice, a South Indian dish from Bangalore, flavored with lemon, coconut & fried peanuts, dals and spices. The actual name for the dish is chitranna (no relation to me!) and means "mixed rice." Yellow peanut rice is a South Indian recipe that I've been eating since I was young. I don't even know if that's the right name but that's just what we call it in my family. The rice is made with lemon, coconut, fried spices, peanuts, cilantro and it's yellow in color from hulthi or turmeric spice. Turmeric is really good for health so I try and put a little bit of it in most things I cook. It's a close relative of ginger and similarly has a bit of a pungent flavor and helps to soothe the stomach. The spice comes from the root of a tropical shrub. It’s been used in traditional Indian medicine for a long time to treat ailments and recently has been shown to help fight diseases - cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzeimers. You can find it in most grocery stores. I remember my 4th grade teacher had all the students bring in foods from their cultures and this is actually the dish I brought in. My school was mostly Irish and Italian kids so I was nervous to bring Indian food in, especially the bright yellow kind, but since peanut rice was one of my favorites that’s what my mom made. I was so worried about it and to top it off I was so shy (I cringe thinking back). I thought no one would try it and I’d have to eat it all before going home so that my mom wouldn’t feel bad. I was a mess UNTIL I saw this one Tupperware with octopus in it. I was like oh Italian food looks funny too! Anyway it was really cute because all the kids loved it and the octopus. And there was none left to bring home. I like serving this rice with yogurt and its nice to pack for a picnic. When I gave my friends Andrew and Faouzi a cooking class we ate the rice with spinach raita, sambar, green beans palya and kosambri
South Indian Yellow Peanut Rice

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 389 Calories from Fat 175

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20 g30.6%

Saturated Fat 3.9 g19.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 106.2 mg4.4%

Total Carbohydrates 45 g15%

Dietary Fiber 4.8 g19%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 8 g16.1%

Vitamin A 11.7% Vitamin C 14.8%

Calcium 4.1% Iron 7.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Chitranna Recipe Video, South Indian Yellow Peanut Rice