Jul 19, 2013

Lemon Capsicum Rice | Nimbekai Chitranna

Lemon Rice is a popular rice recipe in Karnataka. It is mostly prepared for breakfast and also widely popular in lunch-box recipes. It is made with lemon and seasoning mixed with steamed rice. It is extremely flavorful. 

At home, my mom makes different kinds of lemon rice like mavinakayi chitranna, nimbekai chitranna, nellikayi chitranna, pudi chitranna and many more. This recipe Lemon  capsicum rice is made with lemon and capsicum seasoned with mustard, channa dal and peanuts which adds lots of crunchiness. 


4 cups Steamed rice
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup Peanuts
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Channa dal
1 sprig of Curry leaves
5 green Chilies, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 or 1 1/2 Lemon 
5 tsp Oil
1/2 cup Freshly grated coconut (optional)
few sprigs of cilantro(optional)


  • In a sauce pan, heat oil; add mustard seeds, channa dal, curry leaves and  green chilies. when mustard seeds starts to sizzle, add onions, peanuts and saute until it turns transparent

  • Add bell pepper and turmeric. Saute until it is cooked

  • In a large mixing bowl, add steamed rice, onion capsicum seasoning, juice of 1 lemon and adjust salt as per taste. Mix well (adjust sour and tartness as per taste)

  • optionally you can add freshly grated coconut and cilantro that adds lot of taste and flavor
  • serve with Coconut Chutney

1 comment:

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