The first dish which comes to mind when you say Chitranna is the simple Lemon Rice. It is a quick to make tasty dish which lends a festive look to any simple meal . By combining different spices and different fruits or vegetables a simple Chitranna can be turned into a showstopper on special occasions. Kittale Chitraanna, Naartam Pazha SadamAnaasa Annam, Manga Sadam, Vangi Bath , Tomato Ogare, Nellikkai Chitranna are few of the many Chitranna / Variety Rice recipes posted in CAK.
Today’s recipe is for Beetroot Chitranna .



Cooked Rice – 2 cups
Beetroot – 1 big
Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
Bengal gram dal – 1/2 tsp
Black gram dal – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red chillies – 2 or 3( Broken)
Cinnamon – 1 small piece
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Sesame oil – 1 drop
Sesame oil –  2 tbsps
Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Split Black gram dal – 1 tsp
Peanuts – 2 tbsps
Curry leaves – a few
Salt – 1 tsp
Juice of half lime
1. Wash and pressure cook beetroot along with the peel.
2. Allow to cool, peel and grate the beetroot and keep it aside.
3. Heat a drop of oil in a pan and fry the cinnamon.
4. Add coriander seeds, Bengal gram dal , black gram dal , cumin seeds , red chillies and asafoetida , and roast till you get a pleasant aroma .
5. Cool the roasted ingredients and grind them into a powder and keep aside .
6. Heat the remaining oil and splutter mustard seeds.
7. Add split black gram dal followed by peanuts and curry leaves.
8. When the nuts crack add grated Beetroot, salt and the spice powder and mix well .


9. Switch off flame and mix in the lime juice.

10. Fluff up the cooked rice and add it to the seasoned beetroot. 


11. Add 1/2 tsp of extra oil to prevent the rice from clumping together, and gently blend till each grain of rice is coated with the beetroot palya / curry .


Enjoy the vibrant coloured nutritious Beetroot Chitranna with any raita of your choice.

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