Masala Chitranna

Chitranna is a type of fried rice mostly prepared in South part of India. Its a plane boiled rice seasoned up with wholesome, aromatic spices and garnish with crunchy, fried peanuts. Its a quick and tasty way to finish leftover rice and makes a perfect breakfast!


Plain boiled rice 3 Cup (48 tbs)
Oil 2 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Hing 1 Pinch (Asafetida)
Peanuts 2 Tablespoon
Dry coconut 1 Tablespoon , sliced
Channa dal 1 Tablespoon
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Coriander powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Juice of lemon 2 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Coriander leaves 1 Tablespoon (For Garnish)



1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok and when hot, to it add raw peanuts. Fry them until light brown color.

2. Once peanuts are fried, using a slotted spoon, remove them to other bowl.

3. In the same oil add sliced coconut and fry until it gets light brown color. Remove it out into a separate bowl.

4. In the same oil add mustard seeds, let them crackle and pop

5. Next add cumin seeds, and let them sizzle, then add in hing.

6. Add chopped garlic and sauté it for about a minute.

7. Stir in the chana dal and cook until lightly browned

8. Add curry leaves, mix and lower the heat at this point of time.

9. Tip in the spices, mix well and cook for just about a minute.

10. Add boiled rice and toss gently but mix well with the masala.

11. Add salt to taste, lemon juice, coriander leaves and mix well.


12. Garnish the rice with fried peanuts and coconut just before serving it.

13. Serve hot with cool yogurt or Raita!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 668Calories from Fat 249

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 29 g44.6%

Saturated Fat 6 g30%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 254 mg10.58%

Total Carbohydrates 91 g30.3%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 14 g28%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet