lemon rice
Lemon rice for festive season
Written by Jayashree
Published on February 25, 2014

Lemon is one of the easiest , tasty and wholesome food which can be prepared in fifteen minutes. It is customary in our traditions to make this during festivals.

It is popular as Chitranna in South India. It is ideal to pack for lunch box. The various variations that you can make here are many. If it is not festive season, use onions in the seasoning. If it is the season of peas, you can use them.

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The ingredients that you need are:

1 cup of cooked rice  (measurement: 1 cup = 250 ml)

2 tbsp of groundnuts

3 green chillies cut into pieces

a few curry leaves

1 tbsp of gram dal

1 tbsp of urad dal

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp asafoetida

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

salt to taste

1 lemon

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp fresh coconut

2 tsp coriander leaves


At first, prepare the rice and allow to cool.

Take a kadai and make the seasoning with all the ingredients. Allow the  groundnuts to cook  for a few seconds. Now, remove from fire and keep aside. Add the cooked rice and salt. Mix well. Add the lemon juice. Garnish with fresh coconut and finely cut coriander leaves.

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Lemon rice

Lemon rice is a tasty variety of rice that is usually prepared during festivals in South India.

Course festival cooking, lunch box, lunch ideas, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, karnataka
Keyword chitranna, festival, lemon rice, lunch box, rice variety
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 tbsp groundnuts
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp bengal gram
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • a few curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 4 green chilly
  • coriander leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh coconut


  1. Wash and cook the rice in pressure cooker. The grains should be separate. Add water accordingly. 

  2. Take oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, as it crackle add bengal gram and urad dal, let cook for a few seconds. Add groundnuts, let cook for a few minutes. Then add the green chilly, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves.

  3. Put the cooked rice in it. Add salt and mix well. Put lemon juice to it. 

  4. Garnish with coconut and coriander leaves.


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