Chitranna recipe | Lemon rice without onion | Malnad style Kayi sasuve chitranna

By Latha on March 14th, 2016

chitranna or lemon rice without onion

Authentic chitranna or lemon rice recipe explained with step by step pictures and video. In Karnataka, mainly there are two types of chitranna or lemon rice recipes using lemon. One is with onion and the other one is without onion. Here I will be explaining the chitranna or lemon rice without onion. This type of chitranna is in practice across Malnad region of Karnataka, India. And is popular by name "kayi-sasuve chitranna". This type of chitranna is more tangy, a little mushy and well mixed with ground coconut, mustard and greenchilli mixture.

Now many of you might think..What a lemon rice without onion? For those who are thinking, I just want to say...please do not underestimate the taste of this authentic malnad style kayi-sasuve chitranna or lemon rice recipe. It is much more tastier compared to the regular "with onion lemon rice".

Like Karnataka style vegetable pulav, lemon rice is another recipe, for which I am very popular in my family. Atleast once in a week I prepare this at my home. And the peanut(ground nut)-lemon combination makes this lemon rice a super healthy food.

We have posted many ricebath recipes like bisi bele bath, veg pulav, tomato bath, curd rice, ghee rice, pongal, gorikayi rice bath, vangi bath, methi rice, puliyogare and pudina pulao recipes.

If you are looking for more Karnataka style breakfast recipes then do visit our breakfast section.

I have made a quick video on this chitranna recipe with Kannada narration, which I have embedded it below. Kindly have a look.

Chitranna or lemon rice recipe

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
Serves: 4

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 1 cups rice (sona masoori)
  2. 1/2 cup grated coconut
  3. 2 - 4 green chillies
  4. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  5. 2 tbsp groundnut / peanut
  6. 2 tsp urad dal
  7. 2 tsp channa dal / bengal gram dal
  8. 2 tsp salt (as per your taste)
  9. 5 - 6 curry leaves
  10. 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  11. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  12. 1 big lemon
  13. 4 tbsp oil

Instructions for making chitranna or lemon rice:

  1. Take 1 cup of rice in a pressure cooker and rinse. Add in required water and make 2 whistles. Please note for this type of lemon rice the rice should be cooked well but not mushy. If you wish you can add soaked green peas along with rice for lemon rice or chitranna
  2. Parallely lets start preparing the tempering for the lemon rice. So to begin with take 1/2 cup of grated coconut, 2 green chilies and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds in a mixie jar.coconut, mustard and green chili for lemon rice or chitranna
  3. Now dry grind it and keep it aside. We will be using it later.grinding coconut for lemon rice
  4. Take 4 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan and heat it under medium flame. At first add groundnuts and fry until they start crackling.ground nut for lemon rice or chitranna
  5. When the groundnuts crackles, add in mustard seeds, gram dal and urad dal. Saute it until mustard seed splutters. tempering for lemon rice or chitranna
  6. Add in turmeric powder and curry leaves. At this stage switch off the stove.turmeric and curry leaves for lemon rice or chitranna
  7. Add in ground coconut, mustard, green chili mixture and mix well.ground coconut for lemon rice or chitranna
  8. Add in 2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves, salt and mix well.coriander leaves for lemon rice or chitranna
  9. Add in lemon juice from a big juicy lemon. Remember this type of lemon rice should be more tangy.lemon juice for lemon rice or chitranna
  10. Add in the cooked rice.adding rice for lemon rice or chitranna
  11. Mix carefully using a flat spatula.mixing lemon rice or chitranna
  12. Tasty lemon rice without onion is ready to serve. Serve it hot.mixing lemon rice or chitranna

Dear reader, We have a Kannada version of this recipe. Click here to read this recipe in Kannada.

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