Rice with coconut masala(Chitranna with coconut masala)

Aayi has brought a big collection of recipes for me this time. Few of them are very traditional ones which her grandmother and others used to prepare. Aayi has hardly prepared them, but luckily she had the recipe in her diary.

Usually chitranna is a kind of spiced rice prepared with left over rice from previous day (this is not always the case since people even make fresh rice for this). I love to make such dishes for my husband’s lunch boxes. The more the varieties, the better, because he need not eat the same things again and again. I made this and he loved it very much. I am happy that I have a recipe now which had disappeared for almost 3 generations. I am sure at least few of my readers would know this, looks like it was/is pretty common in few of Konkani homes.

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked rice (grains should be seperate)
1/2 tea spn chana dal
1/2 tea spn urad dal
A pinch turmeric
1/2 tea spn sesame seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1/4 tea spn fenugreek seeds
2 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 1 piece of tamarind
3-4 red chilies
1 tbl spn peanuts
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds + 1/4 tea spn urad dal
4-5 curry leaves
Ghee/oil
Salt

Method:
Heat oil and fry chana dal, urad dal, turmeric, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds. Grind these with coconut, tamarind and red chilies with minimum amount of water. This paste should be of chutney consistency.
Heat oil/ghee and add peanuts. When they turn slightly brownish, add mustard seeds, urad dal. When they start popping, add curry leaves. Fry for sometime and add the paste. Fry well. Add salt, rice and mix well. Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 15mins

21 thoughts on “Rice with coconut masala(Chitranna with coconut masala)”

  1. Thanks for posting an authentic recipe. We will wait for many more delicious ones from aayi. I will give this a try tomorrow for hubby tiffin.

  2. Shilpa, you are bringing back such fond memories. My aayi used to wake up early in the morning to prepare our school lunch and the aroma of ‘chitranna’ used to wake us up. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe !

  3. OMG! You and I are thinking the similar dishes these days.I made it for Sunday but little different from your’s.I will post for K’taka RCI later.
    Looks great Shilpa,Arvind and I both love this rice,make it often.Mine is always green!:)
    Thanks for this version too.

  4. Hi,
    This is such a wonderful recipe..very delicious.
    Even we make this very often…with 2 versions…one with red chillies and the other with green chillies.

  5. We make coconut pachadi(chuteny) similar way, we add jaggery and corainder leaves instead of seeds and minus sesame. But for podi we use same ingredients. Yummy dish. Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing

  6. Hi Shilpa,

    When I read this post, I instantly printed out the recipe and made a note to try it.

    Well, I made it this weekend and was so happy I did! It was so delicious that we had it three times over just two days (and I’m still craving it now)!

    Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

    best,
    amanda

  7. Hi Shilpa,
    This recipe was good, it can be also called instant puliyogare if we put some more tamarind to it.smells very good. i liked it very much.Thnks for this mouthwatering recipe.
    Regards,
    Rashmishyam

  8. We liked this dish very much when I made it with white basmati rice. Yesterday, I made it with brown basmati rice and it was awesome!! =). In future I will make this only with brown basmati rice.

  9. Made this today for lunch. It was awesome. Tasted very different from the usual lemon rice we make. Thank you very much for the recipe.

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