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Buffet on Table: Week 2 — Indian States

Day 9: Karnataka — Chitranna and Vella Avalaki

I have savory and sweet dishes from Karnataka today. It was my daughter’s birthday few days back and I wanted to make something special for her. Lemon rice, tamarind rice are usually made for birthdays, festivals and special occasions. So I made Karnataka style Lemon rice and Sihi Bella.

I had this lemon rice aka Chitranna from Indira’s blog bookmarked for a long time. Both my kids love peanuts along with potatoes, so this lemon rice with both their favorite ingredients was just perfect. I add enough of them so that they get at least one peanut and a piece of potato in each and every bite.

Other veggies like chopped eggplant and grated carrot can be substituted for potato. This is a simple and tasty dish that is great to serve for guests.

Recipe adapted from Mahanandi:

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Chitrannam Yum
Chitranna made with potatoes, lots of peanuts and lemon juice.
Chitrannam
Course main course
Cuisine karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 Potato Medium , peeled and cubed
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green - slit
  • 8 ~ 10 Curry Leaves
  • 3 tbsps Lemon Lime juice /
  • 3 tbsps Peanuts
  • 2 tbsps Cashews
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • to taste Salt
For Tempering:
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 ~ 3 red chili Dry
  • Majjiga Mirapakayalu - for serving
Course main course
Cuisine karnataka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 1 Potato Medium , peeled and cubed
  • 2 ~ 3 Chilies Green - slit
  • 8 ~ 10 Curry Leaves
  • 3 tbsps Lemon Lime juice /
  • 3 tbsps Peanuts
  • 2 tbsps Cashews
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • to taste Salt
For Tempering:
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 ~ 3 red chili Dry
  • Majjiga Mirapakayalu - for serving
Chitrannam
Instructions
  1. Cook rice with a few drops of oil, turmeric and salt. Make sure not to overcook the rice.
  2. Heat 2tbsp oil (or a combination of oil and ghee) in a pan; add the peanuts and cashews and fry till lightly golden. Remove onto a plate and set aside.
  3. In the same oil, add the tempering ingredients and saute till golden and the seeds start sputtering.
  4. Add curry leaves, green chilies, potatoes and cook till they are tender. I usually microwave the potatoes to make the cooking part faster.
  5. Once the potatoes are done, add it to the rice along with the roasted peanuts and cashews. Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasonings accordingly. Serve with fried majjiga mirapakayalu.
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14 thoughts on “Chitrannam and Sihi Bella”

  1. Happy belated wishes to ur lil princess 🙂 time surely flies…and that bowl of chitranna is soooo comforting … make it often at home !

  2. Fantastic pictures Pavani, you make everything look so festive!..I am sure your kids enjoyed every bite of it..enjoyed knowing there were so many peanuts and potatoes..I won’t mind munching the peanuts myself!…I have never added potato to lemon rice, sounds so interesting…must make it sometime!

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