Lemon rice is a delicious easy rice dish to be eaten as breakfast, snack and meal in South India. Lemon rice is also offered as prasadam at temples. It tastes better when it is slightly spicy in flavour. It is so simple to make especially with leftover rice. It is light and fulfilling.
Lemon Rice also called Chitranna is flavored with lemon juice. The dish is a complete meal in itself or it can be eaten with curd, raita, curries, or any chutney and is a wonderful way to use leftover rice. South India treasures trove this recipe which is simple and easy to make yet very flavourful, although people have an idea for South Indian food limited to Idli, Dosa and Uttapam.
This dish is so delicious and unique in terms of taste and flavour. It can be made in a jiffy. Made with limited spices and lemon juice, this can surely become favourite dish to pack in kid’s lunch box. It is typically made in sesame oil but olive oil or any vegetable oil of your choice can be used, too. It is cooked rice flavored with lime juice and tempered with mild spices.
Making it is a very easy process and it becomes even easier when you already have steamed rice ready. To make it, a tempering of mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, and curry leaves is made and is added to the cooked rice along with roasted peanuts and cashews. Lemon juice is added at the end to give it a slight tangy taste to rice. Turmeric powder is also added to give a beautiful yellow colour to this mixed rice. We definitely have all the ingredients in pantry to make this dish. You will need rice, lemon, mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves, dry red chillies and green chillies. Try to serve it with some kind of Raita (Yogurt Dip) and Papad. You can even serve pickle and chutney. Coconut Chutney also pairs well with the dish.