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Chitrannam - Mama's Lemon Rice

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Chitrannam is a south Indian Rice preparation which is usually prepared on festivals. I prefer this lemon flavored rice over the spicy Pulao or Biryani any time of the day. Here is my Mama’s recipe for this Lemon Rice.
  Basmati rice 1 Cup (16 tbs), soaked (for 30 minutes and then drained)
  Oil 2 Tablespoon, divided
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dry red chillies 4 Medium (2-4)
  Chana dal 1 Teaspoon
  Urad dal 1 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves sprig 1 Medium
  Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon (or to taste)
  Baby eggplant 2 Small, sliced
  Potato 1 Small, thinly sliced
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
For the green paste
  Green chillies 8 Medium
  Cilantro 2 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Grated coconut 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste

1. In the rice cooker pour water and add the soaked and drained basmati rice, cook the rice until cooked.

For the paste
2. In a blender add green chili, coconut, cilantro and salt, blend until smooth paste consistency.
3. In a sauce pan pour oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilies, asafoetida, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves. turmeric powder.
4. Fry everything until the dal changes color to golden, add potatoes and eggplants and cover the saucepan, over low to medium heat, cook the vegetables until tender.
5. Once the vegetables are done transfer in a large bowl and in the same pan add 2 teaspoon of oil and add the green paste, cook for few seconds and then transfer in a small bowl.
6. Once the rice is done add it to the vegetables mixture and stir everything gently, add the green paste and stir everything until well combined.
7. Add lemon juice gradually and mix well.

8. Serve with a lime wedge on the side.

If using pressure cooker cook for 10 minutes or until you hear the first whistle.

Things You Will Need
Pressure cooker / Rice cooker

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
South Indian
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 473 Calories from Fat 129

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g22.9%

Saturated Fat 4.5 g22.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 153.9 mg6.4%

Total Carbohydrates 78 g26.1%

Dietary Fiber 10.2 g40.9%

Sugars 8.6 g

Protein 10 g19.7%

Vitamin A 41.7% Vitamin C 250.2%

Calcium 7.8% Iron 19.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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