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Red Currant Chitranna Rice

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  • Author: Chitra Agrawal


Chitranna is a South Indian lemon peanut rice and tart currants add a burst of tartness. With plain yogurt, this a magical summer picnic food.


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup red currants, few more for garnish
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil + 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup raw peanuts
  • pinch hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 dried red chili, broken in two (alternative is chopped green chilis which adds more spice)
  • 4 fresh curry leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • handful frozen fresh grated coconut, thawed
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt


  1. Cook the rice in a rice cooker or on stove with water and turmeric mixed in. To make the rice not stick I sometimes add a little oil. Set cooked rice aside.
  2. In a small pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and put in peanuts under medium heat. Fry peanuts until they are fragrant and turn golden brown. Put peanuts aside. (They will get crunchier as they sit out.)
  3. In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil under medium heat. To test the oil is hot put in a couple mustard seeds and they should start sizzling. Then add the rest of the mustard seeds and hing. Shake up the pot and cover (this is so the mustard seeds don’t pop out of the pan and burn you!) Once they pop for a few seconds, add the dried red chili and curry leaves (rub leaves between your hands a little before putting in pan to release oils). Coat them with oil and fry for a few seconds. Add the rice into the wok and mix well. Fry for a few minutes.
  4. Turn the heat off and mix in the lemon juice and coconut. Gently mix in the peanuts, red currants and salt to your taste. Garnish with cilantro, few more currants and serve with yogurt raita.
  • Category: Main, Side
  • Cuisine: Indian
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