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Karnataka Lemon Rice recipe - Nimbehannu chitranna - Simple Rice recipe

Lemon rice is one of most favourite rice for kids. As I have mentioned before they like variety rice over sambar rice. This is slightly modified version from Tamil nadu version of lemon rice. I love this variation as you get add more flavours. This is perfect for picnic or quick fix or lunch box. However I learned this after I started blogging. 

Cooked rice - 2.5 cups (I have used brown rice)
Lemon juice - 1.5 to 2 tablespoon (adjust based on sourness of lemon. Add 1.5 first and add more if required)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Garlic - 4 pods (finely chopped)
Coconut - 1 tablespoon
Gingerly oil - 2 teaspoon
Peanuts - 1 teaspoon
Cashewnuts - 1 teaspoon
Green chillies - 3 to 4 (adjust to your spice level)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
chana dal / bengal gram dal / pachai kadalai paruppu - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10
Coriander leaves - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 4 teaspoon


Heat the pan and add 2 teaspoon of oil. When it is hot add mustard seeds let it pop. Add urad dhal, chana dal, Peanut, cashewnuts Fry till nuts brown in color. Pour this on rice. Keep it aside
Add 2 teaspoon of oil. Add garlic and fry till slight brown color. Add onion, curry leaves, green chillies. Fry till onion is transparent. 
Add coconut fry for 30 sec. Add Salt, Turmeric powder and mix well. Switch it off. 
Switch it off. Add Lemon juice, Cooked rice. Mix well. Close the rice and set aside for 30 mins to blend all the flavour. Serve hot
Serve with favourite chutney
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  1. Wow super tempting clicks. Love it

  2. lemon rice is the all time favourite in Bangalore

  3. the rice is so inviting... feel like diving in to the plate.

  4. delicious lemon rice. I am hungry.

  5. quick lunch box fix tempting me :-)

  6. Lemon rice looks delicious what is the main difference between Karnataka and Tamilnadu lemon rice

  7. wow..the addition of coconut must have infused flavors,yummy!

  8. It must be very delicious with nuts and lemon!

  9. i love the heat of those chillies....indeed worth trying at my kicthen:)

  10. comforting food ...mild yellow color is pleasing

  11. would love to try this version of lemon rice, looks very delicious.


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