Lemon Rice/Chitranna#Alphabet Challenge

Chitranna in Kannada is also known as lemon rice. It's a rice-based dish widely prepared in South India. Lemon rice is one of the most popular South Indian rice recipes. It is a real comfort food. Quick and easy to make with all ingredients in your pantry. This can be made with leftover cooked rice, is a crunchy, flavorful, tasty and tangy dish that is easy to make and tastes so good. 
Lemon juice, fried nuts and spices combine perfectly to give this steamed rice an amazing spicy, tangy and nutty flavor. The nuts add a crunch for the perfect rice dish texture. This vegan lemon rice recipe is sure to become one of your favorite rice dishes and gets ready in just 10 minutes.
1 Cup = 200 Ml
Serves Two
¾ Cup Rice 
3 - 4 Tablespoon Oil
A pinch Asafoetida
1 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
2 Sprig Curry leaves
3 Whole Dried Red chillies
1 Teaspoon Level Turmeric powder
2 Tablespoons Lemon juice or to taste
3 Tablespoons Raw Peanuts
1 Teaspoon Urad dal
1 Teaspoon Chana dal
½ Teaspoon Grated Ginger - optional
Salt to taste

Wash and cook the rice with salt till done, do not over cook it. Drain and let it cool completely.
Heat oil in a wok / kadai, add mustard seeds and chana dal and urad dal let it mustard seeds splutter and the dals start to brown. Immediately add asafoetida, curry leaves, ginger, red chilli and peanuts. Saute them well till the peanuts turn dark brown. Then add turmeric powder followed by rice. 
Turn around a few times so the rice is completely mixed and is warmed. Add salt and lemon juice to the rice and mix well.
Serve hot. Enjoy with Chutney, raita and papad.
Labels: Cooked Rice, Lemon juice, Peanuts, Urad dal, Chana dal, South Indian, Main Course, Vegan, Gluten free, Vegetarian, Serves Two, Alphabet Challenge
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful side dish. The flavors are perfect to pair with Grilled Chicken or Shrimp.

  2. This lemon rice has me drooling. It sounds so delicious and the color is bright!

  3. Not sure if my comment went through as my page reloaded while I was submitting. I love this lemon rice! It's bright, flavorful and perfect amount for hubby and me.

  4. I love lemon rice! Yours looks wonderful, Sneha!

  5. That is such a beautiful dish. I love the crunch.

  6. I finally picked up some dried curry leaves, looking forward to trying this. It looks delicious!

  7. Never thought about peanuts as a topper for rice! It looks amazing!

  8. This looks so tasty, Sneha. I can't wait to try it.

  9. Oh, I really love the fried peanuts in this. Flavorful and full of texture! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

  10. Love lemon rice. So easy to make and excellent way to use up leftover rice. I sometimes replace the peanuts with cashew nuts.