Dine with Danika


Authentic SouthIndian tasty & easy Nimakaya pulihora / Lemon Rice / Chitrannam with left over rice.

One pot meal.

Cuisine: Indian
Serve as: Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast

Lemon rice is a traditional and a popular recipe in SouthIndia popularly called as chitrannam or nimmakaya pulihora in telugu version of the recipe.

It is the easiest and a tangy flavored recipe which is basically a tempered rice often made in yellow color.

This nimmakaya pulihora is a favorite among kids and is a popular breakfast in south. It can also be made for kids lunch box and is usually accompanied by a chutney or a pickle.

This south indian pulihora is a delicious and simple one pot meal made with aromatic tempering of mustard seeds, dals, curry leaves, turmeric powder and lemon extracted juice.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Quantity: Serves 2


  • 1 cup rice cooked/left over rice (I used left over rice)
  • 2 tbsp edible oil
  • 1 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 tsp chana dal/bengal gram
  • 1 tsp urad dal/split black gram
  • 3-4 vertically slit green chillies
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tbsp full lemon extracted juice

Preparation method

Step 1:

  1. Cook about 1 cup of rice. Add lemon extracted juice and salt & rest is aside for later use.

Step 2:

  1. Firstly, in a deep pan, add oil and heat it, add peanuts and saute well.
  2. Add chana dal and urad dal and stir the ingredients for few seconds.
  3. Add vertically slit green chillies and mix well.
  4. Add mustard seeds and dried red chillies and stir the ingredients, add curry leaves and allow them to crackle.
  5. Add turmeric powder and mix it up well, and turn off flame.
  6. Immediately, Pour this tempering over the rice mixture, add chopped coriander and mix every thing well.
  7. Serve hot with pickle or eat it plain.