CHITRANA - Main Course - Rice - Foodfied


August 12, 2015


Preparation time -20 minutes

Cooking time -15 minutes

Servings -2

Cuisine –South Indian

CHITRANA RECIPE –boiled rice cooked with onion and ground nuts with a special masala of roasted fenugreek and cumin seeds.

 Chitrana is one of the easiest and fastest rice dishes to make. It is tasty and can be consumed as a breakfast or light evening food. Further, the chitranna recipe requires only the ingredients used in everyday cooking.

Chitrana is a type of fried rice mostly prepared in South part of India.

It’s a quick and tasty way to finish leftover rice and makes a perfect breakfast.

This is one of my favorite rice, I have first tasted it with friend who brought  it in her lunch box when I was in second puc in Bangalore.

As being a Bangaluru person I enjoyed a variety of food there (I have been leaved there for about 10 years, now after marriage I am living in Jaipur). And now I can make very tasty south Indian food, at my home everyone loves south Indian food prepared by me, specially my husband.

This recipe of Chitrana I got from my neighbor aunty, she used to make this Chitrana with batani(green peas) on their festival along with vada and obatt which is a chapatti stuffed with jaggery.

So after this blah blah we should proceed to the recipe -

Ingredients for Chitrana –

  1. Boiled rice -2 cups
  2. Chopped onion -1/2 cup
  3. Crushed ground nuts -2 tbsp
  4. Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  5. Oil -2 tbsp
  6. Fenugreek seeds -1/2 tsp
  7. Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
  8. Lemon juice -2 tbsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Chopped coriander for garnishing

To temper –
      1.  Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
      2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
      3. Urad dal - 1 tsp
      4. Chana dal - 2 tsp
      5.  Curry leaves – few

      6. whole red chili -2

Method to prepare Chitrana –

  1. Roast the fenugreek and cumin seeds in a pan, powder them and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and temper it with mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, curry leaves and whole dried red chilies.
  3. Now add ground nuts and onion and sauté till the onion gets translucent.
  4. Now add the powdered fenugreek and cumin seed.
  5. Now add turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Now add the boiled rice, salt and lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with veg raita or coconut chutney.