Lemon Rice/ Chitranna


Cooked raw rice – 4 cups

Onion – 1 medium chopped

Green chillies – 2 chopped

Ginger – 1 tsp finely minced

Dry red chillies – 6 broken, seeds removed

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Turmeric powder – 1 1/4 tsp

Lime juice – 4 to 5 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Channa dal – 1 tbsp

Urad dal – 1 tbsp

Peanuts – 1/4 cup

Salt – to taste

Oil – 2 tbsp


Heat oil in a large non-stick pan and splutter mustard seeds.  Add peanuts and roast for a minute.  Add channa dal and urad dal.  Stir and add onions, green chillies, ginger, red chillies and curry leaves.  Fry till the onions turn light brown.  Meanwhile, add lime juice and salt to the cooked rice.  Mix well and keep aside.  Add turmeric powder into the pan and stir.  Now add the rice and mix well till the rice gets an even yellow color.  Serve yummy ‘Lemon Rice/ Chitranna’ with pickle and pappads.  Cheers!!!

My mother used to add onions while making ‘Lemon Rice’.  It enhances the taste of the rice.  Try it for once, you will love it…!

  1. lemon rice looks so delicious

  2. Adipoli..and wat a coincidence,entee posting enthuthanee ayirunnu… but dfntly better than mine…hahhaha

  3. so perfect dear!!! ippo venam..yummy yumm!!

  4. Super ! lovely color and tempting.

  5. My all time favorite,today I got too much tempted seeing this,so lunch for me i am going to make specially for me 😉 lemon rice and papad 🙂

  6. Yummy lemon rice…looks very tempting


  7. Hi,

    The lemon rice looks so delicious…Droolworthy!!


  8. Wow… lemon rice looks delicious!!! Loots of peanuts yum! 🙂

  9. Hello Mam ,
    I really thank you from the bottom from my heart .I had seen more than hundreads of recipies of Lemon rice but some times a small step can miss the exact taste of the dish .”Mixing the rice with salt and lemon and keeping it for a while ” was the most important step many doesn’t have in their recipe . and I felt The half lemon juce to the seasoning part for getting the onion and chilli the sour taste .Many recipies say to add the rice into the hot pan directly is also can reduce the taste .