Lemon Rice Recipe: How To Make Chitrana Rice At Home

Lemon rice is a traditional South Indian rice recipe that is served as a part of the regular South Indian banana leaf meals. Here is a detailed step-by-step procedure with images on how to prepare lemon rice.

The South Indian chitrana rice is also famously served as a naivedyam in temples. The chitrana rice, as it is called in Karnataka, is mainly prepared during festivals like Diwali, Varamahalakshmi and so on.

Take a look at our other recipes like curd rice, vegetable bhath and bisibelebath.

Lemon rice is a spicy and tangy rice and takes in a lot of oil while cooking. This is a simple and easy dish and can be prepared at home in a short span.

Lemon rice is generally served at room temperature. The mixture must cool down before adding the lemon juice to it. Some of them add the lemon only while mixing it with the rice. Similarly, the rice also is cooled down before mixing with the chitrana mix.

Lemon rice is best served with papadums or some vegetable salad. If you'd like a variation, try out the lemon rice with pineapple gojju.

Watch the video recipe and also follow our detailed procedure on how to make lemon rice.

LEMON RICE VIDEO RECIPE

lemon rice recipe
LEMON RICE RECIPE | HOW TO MAKE CHITRANA RICE | SOUTH INDIAN LEMON RICE RECIPE | LEMON FLAVOURED RICE RECIPE
Lemon Rice Recipe | How To Make Chitrana Rice | South Indian Lemon Rice Recipe | Lemon Flavoured Rice Recipe
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins

Recipe By: Archana V

Recipe Type: Main Course

Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • Oil - 8 tbsp

    Peanuts - ¼th cup

    Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

    Jeera - 1 tsp

    Onions (sliced into thin and long pieces) - 1 cup

    Green chillies (split) - 4

    Chana dal - 2 tsp

    Capsicum (cut into cubes) - 1 cup

    Salt to taste

    Turmeric powder - ½ tsp

    Coriander leaves (chopped) - ¼th cup

    Lemon juice - ½ lemon

    Rice - ½ bowl

    Water - 1 bowl

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How to Prepare
  • 1. Add rice into the cooker.

    2. Add water and 2 teaspoons of salt.

    3. Pressure cook it for up to 2 whistles and allow it to cool completely.

    4. Add oil in a heated pan.

    5. Add the peanuts and roast them, until they turn crispy and the colour changes.

    6. Remove it from the oil and keep it aside.

    7. In the same oil, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.

    8. Add jeera and the sliced onions.

    9. Sauté for a minute.

    10. Then, add the split green chillies and chana dal.

    11. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown.

    12. Add capsicum and stir well.

    13. Add salt and turmeric powder.

    14. Allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes, until the capsicum is half cooked.

    15. Add the roasted peanuts and coriander leaves.

    16. Stir well and turn the stove off.

    17. Allow it to cool completely for about 15-20 minutes.

    18. Add lemon juice, mix well.

    19. Add the rice in the pan and mix well.

    20. Transfer into a bowl and serve.

Instructions
  • 1. You can store the lemon mixture and preserve it for 3-4 days.
  • 2. The capsicum is an optional ingredient that is added for the flavour.
Nutritional Information
  • Serving Size - 1 cup
  • Calories - 300 cal
  • Fat - 20 g
  • Protein - 14 g
  • Carbohydrates - 94 g
  • Sugar - 1 g
  • Dietary fibre - 4 g

STEP BY STEP - HOW TO MAKE LEMON RICE

1. Add rice into the cooker.

lemon rice recipe

2. Add water and 2 teaspoons of salt.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

3. Pressure cook it for up to 2 whistles and allow it to cool completely.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

4. Add oil in a heated pan.

lemon rice recipe

5. Add the peanuts and roast them, until they turn crispy and the colour changes.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

6. Remove it from the oil and keep it aside.

lemon rice recipe

7. In the same oil, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

8. Add jeera and the sliced onions.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

9. Sauté for a minute.

lemon rice recipe

10. Then, add the split green chillies and chana dal.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

11. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown.

lemon rice recipe

12. Add capsicum and stir well.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

13. Add salt and turmeric powder.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

14. Allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes, until the capsicum is half cooked.

lemon rice recipe

15. Add the roasted peanuts and coriander leaves.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

16. Stir well and turn the stove off.

lemon rice recipe

17. Allow it to cool completely for about 15-20 minutes.

lemon rice recipe

18. Add lemon juice, mix well.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

19. Add the rice in the pan and mix well.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe

20. Transfer into a bowl and serve.

lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe
lemon rice recipe
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