Chitrannam (Magical Rice) | PCC Natural Markets

Chitrannam (Magical Rice)

Serves: 5 loosely packed cups

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This is a traditional vegetarian rice dish, which is popular in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Literally translated from Telugu, it means "magical" or "wondrous" rice. Lemon rice is a "must-have" on most religious celebrations throughout Andhra Pradesh and there are frequent family debates about whose lemon rice is better.

Ingredients

Preparation

Place rice in a mixing bowl. Add lemon or lime juice and toss very lightly, taking care to ensure the rice grains are intact. Set aside.

Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium-low. Add mustard seeds and cover with a lid. When seeds have stopped popping, add red chiles. Wait until chiles turn a dark red and have released their heat into the oil. Add cumin seeds and channa daal. Lightly sauté the mixture until channa daal is a light amber color. Add turmeric, peanuts and green peas. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Sauté until peas have thawed, 2 to 4 minutes. Mix in cilantro.

Put peanut-pea mixture into the bowl with rice and add 2 teaspoons salt. Using a rubber spatula or clean hands, toss the rice and peanut-pea mixture until the yellow color is evenly distributed through the rice. Taste and add remaining salt, if desired. Garnish with freshly grated coconut.

Recipe by Uma Bangalore, PCC Cook instructor

More about: lemons, peas, rice

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