Tempered lemon rice with split Bengal gram and peanuts

Some of the very essential things which I want in my food is flavor and taste. When there is a perfect equilibrium of both only then it triggers my appetite. I believe Lemon rice which is commonly known as Chitranna in south India, has that perfect equilibrium.

Sharing the recipe below.


  • Split Bengal gram 1 spoon
  • Peanuts 2 spoons
  • Green chilies (slit or chopped) 2
  • Mustard seeds
  • Turmeric powder ½ tea spoon
  • Red chili powder ½ tea spoon
  • Asafetida 1 pinch
  • Salt and sugar as per your taste
  • Cooked rice 1 bowl
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Oil 1 table spoon
  • Lime juice of 1 lime

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In a pan heat the oil. Once the oil is heated add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

Now add peanuts and Bengal gram and fry till it becomes little golden.

Now add curry leaves, green chilies, asafetida, red chili powder, and turmeric powder.

Add salt and sugar as per your taste and pour this tempering on rice.

Now add the lemon juice and mix everything together. Garnish the rice with coriander leaves and the tempered rice is ready.

Isn’t it a quick recipe? Give it a try!

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