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Lemon Rice (chitranna In Kannada)

LEMON RICE (Chitranna in Kannada)
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Lemon Rice (chitranna In Kannada) Recipe, How To Make Lemon Rice (chitranna In Kannada) Recipe

Chitranna is a favorite dish of karnataka especially Bengaluru, Mysore, Tumkur regions. One of the easy receipe yet liked by many people.

Tamarind rice is popularly known as Pulihora or Puliyodhara or Chitrannam which is a common preparation of rice in South Indian cuisine.... Read More..

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How to make LEMON RICE (Chitranna in Kannada)

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Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
25 mins
LEMON RICE (Chitranna in Kannada)
Author : Vahchef
Main Ingredient : Rice
Servings : 0 persons
Published date : November 13, 2016

Ingredients used in LEMON RICE (Chitranna in Kannada)
• Corriander leaves - .
• Urad dal - 1 tablespoons.
• Channa dal - 1 tablespoons.
• Curry leaves - .
• Lemon - .
• Grated coconut (optional) - .
• Green chilli - .
• Ginger (optional) - .
• Garlic - .
• Onion - 2 numbers.
• Rice - 2 cup.
• Coocking oil - .
• Mustard - 1 tablespoons.
• Ground nut seeds - 1 tablespoons.
• Salt - to taste.
1. Prepare steamed Rice 2. Heat oil in a pan, put groundnut seeds and heat it till it is brown and keep it separate 3Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a pan, add mustard. 4. Once Mustard seeds starts chattering, add Curry leaves, Channa Dal followed by urad dal, heat till it becomes little brown. (Cashew nuts may be optional) 5. Add Garlic, onion saute well in a low flame for few minutes 6. add Salt Lemon juice to above and switchoff the stove. Mix this above mixtuer into already prepared rice, addd grated co-conut, fried ground nut amp; chopped corriander leaves. Variations.1. You can use Tamarind juice, or grated mango instead of Lemon juice to have different taste, variation 2. You can use Green peas after onion is saute to make it nutritious.

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Tamarind rice is popularly known as Pulihora or Puliyodhara or Chitrannam which is a common preparation of rice in South Indian cuisine. Puli means sour/ tangy taste, thus Pulihora means sour rice. It is also known as tamarind rice or lemon rice.
Pulihora is traditionally mixed tangy rice specially prepared during festivals and auspicious occasions in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. There are various ways of making the Pulihora where few use lime juice, raw grated mango or tamarindjuice.
Tamarind rice is a festive treat, without which any festival meal is incomplete in South-India. It is served in temples as 'prasadam' or is served alone as complete, satisfying meal. Andhra pulihora is little different to the Tamil-puliyodarai, the puliyodarai is made by grinding spices which is then added to the tamarind pulp. The tamarind rice is simple and also tastes very good. In this recipetamarind pulp is cooked and thickened with spices, curry leaves and tempered with channa dal, peanuts to add the crunchy nutty taste.
This spicy-sour rice tastes delicious and is usually accompanied by wafers/vadiyalu/vadam, or alone. This is considered as the Hindu festival food as it is given as Prasad in temples. During the festival of Seetha Rama Kalyanam, tamarind rice is made in large scale and packed in covers and distributed to devotees.
The tamarind rice or pulihora tastes sour, spicy hot and salty all at the same time. It is considered to be a good stimulant for a dead tongue and is easy and inexpensive to cook. A dish which is a wonderful stomach filler. In southern India, the tamarind rice needs no introduction.
Tamarind’s sourness dominates this variety of rice and is neutralized just right enough with the fiery hotness of green chillies, the wholesome crunch of fried peanuts and the flavorful richness of curry leaves. The combination of all the ingredients not only makes Pulihora a sumptuous deal for the stomach, but also a great feast for the eyes. In the state of Karnataka, a slightly different version of Pulihora is made. It is called ‘Puliyogare’ in Kannada, they add a few extra ground spices or what one might call, masalapowders.
The tamarind rice makes a great picnic meal and also preferred during to be taken during travel. To prepare this dish firstly wash and cook rice with little less water than usual. For 2 cups rice, use 3 1/2 cups of water. When the rice gets cooked, turn off the heat and remove the lid or spread it in a wide plate, so that it cools a bit and doesn't stick to each other while mixing the tamarind base. Heat the oil in the pan and add the whole red chillies. let the chillies fry for few seconds then add the mustard seeds.
Once the chillies are fried they are no longer hot but get milder taste. When the mustard seeds splutters add the fenugreek seedsand then add channa dal and peanuts and fry them properly on medium flame without burning them then add the curry leaves,chopped green chillies and hing (asafetida). Add turmeric powder as this gives color to the color then add the tamarind juice to it and add the dry spices like the red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder.
Let the gravy cook till the oil oozes out for 10 to 12mins. While the gravy is cooking in absorbing the juices toast the sesame seeds and crush them and once the gravy is ready add the sesame powder to it and cook it for another 15mins. Check the seasonings and add salt.
Then take your cooked rice and add the tamarind gravy to it. Mix it thoroughly. You can also make this gravy ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator and mix it with cooked rice whenever you want. Adjust the tamarind, spice and salt levels according to your taste.


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vahuser Posted on Fri Dec 21 2012

Awesome Chitranna receipe.Love karnataka food

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