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Thursday, September 29, 2016

A - Z Rice Dishes ~ Y for Yellina Chitranna


A simple and quick rice option for the letter 'Y' today. I kept thinking in terms of a vegetarian version of yakhni pulao or something that starts with yellow until I remembered this rice. The humble lemon rice is called chitranna in Kannada while 'yellu' is sesame seeds. This rice is therefore a jazzed up version of the traditional lemon rice to be precise. Sesame seeds and fresh coconut add great flavor and taste to this already yummy rice and it makes a great festive meal option or even a lunchbox item if you have left over rice.
Ingredients:
2 cups cooked rice (Sona masuri / Basmati)
1.5 tbsp. white sesame seeds / 3 tbsp. sesame powder
1 tbsp. oil
2 tbsp. peanuts
2 dried red chillies, broken into bits or 2 green chillies, sliced lengthwise
1 tsp. split chickpeas / chana dal
1 tsp. black gram / urad dal
1 tsp. mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
2 -3 pinches of asafoetida powder
1/16 tsp. turmeric powder
A fistful of grated fresh coconut
3 tbsp. lemon juice
Salt to taste
 
Method:
* Dry toast the sesame seeds until they start to splutter. Let cool and grind finely. 
* Heat oil in a pan / kadai. Add peanuts, chana dal, urad dal and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start to sizzle and pop and the dals start to turn reddish, add chillies and saute for few seconds. Next add curry leaves, turmeric, asafoetida, ground sesame seeds and coconut. Saute for a couple of minutes on low flame and turn off the stove. 
* Add rice, salt and lemon / lime juice and mix well so that there are not any lumps in the rice. Taste the rice and adjust the salt or the lemon juice if needed. 
* Let the rice sit for at least 15 - 30 minutes for the flavors to incorporate. 
* It can be served on it's own or serve with some papad / chips.

Note:
* Salt and lemon flavors tone down a bit after the resting period and so add those ingredients accordingly or taste the rice again after 30 minutes and adjust the quantities. 
* In case if the rice turns out too salty / too sour just add some more rice and mix well to combine.

Recipes so far in A - Z Rice Dishes,  
A for Achaari Chole Pulao
B for Bhuna Khichuri
C for Chintapandu Pulihora
D for Dindigul Thalapakatti Veg Biryani
E for Ellorai / Ellotharai  
F for Fodnicha Bhaat 
G for Gongura Pulihora 
H for Hare Moong ki Chaaswaali Khichdi 
I for Iyengar Style Kadambam 
J for Jodhpuri Vegetable Pulao 
K for Kaju - Karivepaku Annam 
L for Lilva Khichdi
M for Mamidikaaya - Kobbari Pulihora 
N for Narali Bhaat
O for Oliya 
P for Peas Pulao 
Q for Qabooli Biryani 
R for Ram Pulao / Rajasthani Gatte Ka Pulao
S for Spinach layered Biryani
T for Tawa Pulao
U for Urad dal Khichdi
V for Varhadi Pulao 
W for Waghareli Khichdi
X for Xmas Rice Pudding

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12 comments:

Gayathri Kumar said...

Lemon rice is one of our fav rice varieties and adding sesame and coconut must make it so flavourful..

Kalyani said...

suma - thats a clever use of Y in Yellu (as opposed to using Ellu), and this is a power packed dish with the goodness of sesame

Usha Rao said...

Coconut and sesame is a nice twist to lemon rice. We do add sesame to tamarind pulihora but never added it to lemon rice. I can have this for breakfast right now.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Good one. I sometimes add sesame seeds to lemon rice but didn't realize it can be a separate dish :)

Priya Suresh said...

Sesame and coconut in lemon rice sounds definitely an interesting addition, who will say no to this rice.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

Lemon rice is one of the staple food at our house hold. Will add sesame seed powder next time. awesome.

Sapana Behl said...

Chitranna looks wonderful and addition of sesame sounds interesting.

Ritu Tangri said...

nice name for the flavorful lemon rice :)

Pavani N said...

Love this jazzed up version of nimmakaya pulihora. Sesame seeds powder adds nice flavor to the dish.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the addition of sesame seed powder to the dish. That would add a different layer of flavor.

Archana Potdar said...

This rice goes to underline that I hardly know any karnataka cuisine. Love the rice and realise I need to search up on my traditions. Thanks.

Srivalli said...

What a nice twist Suma..its been Ellu for me, now this is a nice idea right..:)