Yellow Peanut Rice

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 occasions or festivals. Serve with Raita, green beans palya or lentil stews like sambar or rasam.


Cooking oil 2 Tablespoon
Peanut 3 Tablespoon
Asafoetida 1 Pinch
Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
Chickpea 1/2 Teaspoon (channa dal)
Lentils 1/2 Teaspoon (urad dal)
Rice 1 Cup (16 tbs) , cooked
Chili pepper 1 Medium , broken
Curry leaves 4 Medium
Fresh dill 1 Teaspoon (optional)
Coconut 2 Tablespoon , grated
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Cilantro 1 Tablespoon
Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon



1) Add turmeric powder into rice and coat it well. Keep aside.

2) In a small work, heat oil and fry peanuts until golden brown. Keep aside.


3) Take a bigger wok and heat oil and add asafeotida and mustard seeds into it.

4) Then add channa dal and urad dal and fry for few seconds.

5) Now, add curry leaves and dry red chili and saute.

6) Add rice and salt and mix it well.

7) Add lemon juice, cilantro, coconut, peanuts and salt to seasons.

8) Mix it well.


9) Serve the yellow peanut rice with rasam or raita.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 1360Calories from Fat 552

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 64 g98.5%

Saturated Fat 16 g80%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1977 mg82.38%

Total Carbohydrates 172 g57.3%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48%

Sugars 6 g

Protein 28 g56%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet