Sunday, 29 July 2012

Lemon Rice | Chitrannam | Nimmakaya Annam

Lemon Rice or Chitrannam -- This is a classic simple South Indian dish which is had on a day-to-day basis.  It is made during festivals too.  The lemon juice adds a real zing to the rice.  This can be prepared in a jiffy, particularly when we are in a hurry in the mornings.  Can be made with leftover rice too..

Looking out for more classic South Indian rice varieties, here are a few that you can try out - Tamarind rice or Puliyodharai, Tomato rice, Coconut rice, curd rice.

Lemon Rice, Chitrannam


  • Rice  - 1 cup
  • Lemon - 2 medium sized
  • Green Chillies - 8
  • Red Chillies - 2
  • Bengal Gram Dal - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ground nuts - 50g
  • Curry Leaves - few
  • Salt - As required
  • Oil

Lemon rice, Chitrannam
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How To Prepare Lemon Rice:

  • Cook rice and allow it to cool in a broad basin.
  • Squeeze the lemon, remove the seeds from the juice and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in kadai and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they start spluttering, add bengal gram dal, red chillies and cut green chillies and fry till the dal turns light brown.
  • Add ground nuts and fry for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder and switch off.
  • Add the mixture to the rice and mix well until everything blends well.
  • Now add squeezed lemon without seeds and mix well.  Adjust salt if required.

Lemon Rice, Nimmakaya Annam


  •  Cashews & coriander leaves can be added for garnish.
  • If you want to make it more spicy, grind a few green chillies to fine paste and fry along with the seasoning.
  • DO NOT use basmati rice to prepare chitrannam.


  1. very pretty looking lemon rice. My favorite too.

  2. perfectly done with lipsmacking version
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  3. Wow my favorite rice,this looks so yummy and colorful

  4. hi first time here... n thanks for visit my space n commenting... lemon rice looks sooo yummy... its my most favorite rice... happy to follow you...

  5. Thanks for visiting.. Following you

  6. hi hima.. thanks for stopping by my space and following.. glad to follow u back :)

  7. Thanks for visiting my space and leaving your lovely comments...Glad to follow you back :)

  8. Delicious recipe, love this rice, thanks for visiting my space. You have a wonderful space too. I am your newest follower.


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