Thursday, November 20, 2008

Capsicum Chitranna

Chithrana or Lemon Rice is a rice dish, Here in Karnataka it is very famous and people love to have them even for breakfast. 
I have just added capsicum and tried this chitranna. It taste nice and capsicum aroma adds to the taste.
In South India, Rice dishes are very famous and common. May be because Rice is grown here. People have rice dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner also. Previous day's left over rice is used as Chitranna (Lemon Rice) for breakfast some time. In festive and festival days fresh rice is cooked and prepared as some type of rice dish. Like Bisibele bath, (Dals, vegetables and rice is cooked with some spice), Vanghibath. (using vegetables especially brinjals dry curry is cooked and mixed with rice), or Rice vegetable Palav, ( Though Palav has come from North India, people especially children love to have Vegetable Rice) and many more rice dishes are prepared.
Rice provide carbohydrates and gives energy. These rice dishes are also used as lunch and packed for offices as lunch box.
Let us see This Special " Capsicum Chitranna" recipe. It is an easy and quick dish. No Onion or No Garlic used in this Rice Dish.
Prepare the rice and let it cool. Then prepare " Capsicum Rice".
Lets see the recipe Now :
Things Needed:
Cooked Rice : 1 Cup
Capsicum : 2
Green chilly : 2
Lemon : 1/2 ( 1 Teaspoon)
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Coriander Leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Ginger : A small piece
Salt : As Required
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Method :
1. Wash and cook rice and let it cool.
2. Wash and cut capsicum into thin pieces, slit green chilly and grate ginger and keep it aside.
3. Grate/dry grind coconut and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and urid dal.
5. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add slit green chilly and curry leaves.
6. Add cut capsicum and fry nicely till soft.

7. Add cooked and cooled rice. Add turmeric powder, grated ginger and salt. Mix it nicely.

8. Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Mix it nicely and put off the fire. Add ghee and mix it well.

9. Shift the ready chitranna to a serving bowl and serve.

10. Serve with papad and a cup of curd/yogurt.

Note :
Fry capsicum nicely so that the rice mixes well with rice. Adding onions to chitranna is optional. Adding grated carrots to chintanna is optional. Adding ghee is optional. You can use little more oil instead. Adding more chilly is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes + Rice cooking : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.
Measurement of water and Rice ratio:
Sona Masoori Raw Rice : 1 Cup : 2 1/2 of- to 3 cups of water.
Basumati Rice : 1 Cup Rice : 2 Cups of water.

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