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Lemon Rice (Chitra Anna – Picturesque Rice)

Lemon and turmeric flavored rice with toasted peanuts is so tempting  to the palate. Easy to make for anytime of the day!


2 cups of Jasmine or Basmati rice

~ 4 cups water

1 tbsp butter


1 tsp small mustard seeds

1/2 tsp urad daal

1/8 asafoetida

1/4 fenugreek seeds

4 to 5 Thai green chilies slit lengthwise (any green chili) or red whole Byadagi chillies from Karnataka or to taste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 stem curry leaves

1/4 cup of dry toasted peanuts

2 tbsp olive oil or (vegetable oil, safola, grape seed oil, etc)

2 tbsp finely cut cilantro

1 large lemon and 1/4 tsp lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut or frozen (optional)


Microwave rice in water and butter for 23 minutes in open dish. Fluff the rice with fork and cool for about 5 min. before mixing  it with the seasoning.

Temper mustard and urad in oil, reduce heat to add and saute asafoetida, fenugreek, chilies, curry leaves for 2 min.

Then add turmeric and toasted peanuts.

Turn off heat. Add salt, coconut,  juice of 1 lemon, lemon zest and cilantro. Mix in the rice gently.

Note: Can make this dish with 1 chopped red onion which is added after curry leaves and cooked until soft.

Garnish: Press rice in a small bowl and invert it on to a plate and serve as is or with yogurt salad (raita).


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