Lemon rice, also known as Chitranna is a popular rice preparation in southern India, especially Karnataka. It makes for a convenient option on a busy day especially if you have leftover steamed rice. It is also a perfect dish to carry in the lunch box as it stays good and tastes awesome even after a few hours. Here’s the  recipe :


2 cups cooked rice (chawal)
1 tsp + 1 tbsp oil
1 tsp split black gram (udad dal)
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
Few curry leaves (kadi patta)
1 to 2 green chiliies (hari mirch)
1 dry red chilly (laal mirch)
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 teaspoon peanuts (mungphali)
4 to 5 cashew nuts (kaju)
2 tbsp lemon juice (nimbu ka ras)
Salt as per taste


  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
  • Roast the peanuts and cashewnuts and keep them aside. 
  • In the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add udad dal.
  • When it starts spluttering, add mustard seeds.
  • Add curry leaves, green chillies, red chilly and saute.
  • Add turmeric powder and mix.
  • Add cooked rice and mix gently. 
  • Add  lemon juice, salt and mix.
  • Add roasted peanuts and cashew nuts.
  • Give a gentle mix.  ‘
  • Serve lemon rice, hot with some papad and pickle.


Further, I would like to draw your attention to the following rice preparation :

Dal Khichdi, Tava Pulao, Tomato Rice, Three Layered Rice,  Tamarind Rice, Maharashtrian Masale Bhaat.










Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.