Lemon Rice (Chitranna) and Pinapple Raita

Lemon Rice (Chitranna) and Pinapple Raita

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Rice

Type: South Indian

A South Indian speciality, Chitranna when served with pineapple raita makes a delicious and wholesome meal


  • Lemon rice
  • Rice, cooked 1½ cups
  • Lemon juice 1½ tbsps
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Green chillies, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Refined oil 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1½ tsps
  • Split Bengal grams (chana dal), soaked and drained 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Curry leaves 8 to 10
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Pineapple raita
  • Tinned pineapple slices, chopped 3
  • Low fat yogurt 1 cup
  • Honey 3 tsps
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped 2 tsps


  • Take lemon juice in a small bowl, add ginger, green chillies and salt and mix well.
  • Take rice in a large mixing bowl, add the lemon juice mixture and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and splutter. Add Bengal gram and curry leaves and saute till the grams are lightly browned.
  • Add turmeric powder and rice mixture and mix well till the rice is well coated with the masala. Transfer into a serving bowl.
  • To make raita, take yogurt and honey in another bowl and whisk till well blended.
  • Add pineapple and mint leaves and mix well.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve with lemon rice.