Lemon Rice Recipe South Indian Style, Chitrannam | Nimmakaya Pulihora

Lemon rice is a traditional and a popular recipe down south 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 rice delicacy down south. It can also be made for kids lunch box and is usually accompanied by a chutney or a pickle…

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


            It is also made during several occasions down south and down south every occasion should mostly consist of a vegetarian rice delicacy and south indians mostly make chitrannam as a special dish.

             The lemon rice can often be packed as kids lunch box recipes…The color of the recipe is so appealing that nobody can resist trying it and having it. I just love making lemon rice often for breakfasts.


               When we have left over rice too then, making this special nimmakaya pulihora is the best option. All we need to make this lemon rice is nimmakaya that is lemons and left over rice/cooked rice . Apart from that we just need few tempering ingredients to complete the chitrannam.

Below are the recipe details on how to make lemon rice with a video procedure too and also with detailed instructions…

How to make lemon rice recipe or chitrannam:

Lemon Rice Recipe South Indian Style, Chitrannam | Nimmakaya Pulihora
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A special andhra recipe which is hugely popular all across south India and is always made during occasions and it is yellow colored tempered tangy lemon flavored rice...
Recipe type: Rice
Cuisine: South Indian/Andhra
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup rice cooked/left over rice
  • 2 tbsp edible oil
  • 1 tbsp peanuts
  • 1 tsp chana dal/bengal gram
  • 1tsp urad dal/split black gram
  • 3-4 vertically slit green chillies
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • ¾ tsp turmeric powder
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tbsp full lemon extracted juice
Step 1:
  1. Cook about 1 cup of rice and rest is aside for later use.
Step 2:
  1. Firstly, in a wok, add oil and heat it.
  2. Into it, add peanuts and saute well.
  3. Add chana dal and urad dal and stir the ingredients for few seconds.
  4. Add vertically slit green chillies and mix well.
  5. Add mustard seeds and dried red chillies and stir the ingredients.
  6. Add curry leaves and allow them to crackle.
  7. Add turmeric powder and salt as per taste and mix it up well.
  8. Add 1 cup cooked rice and mix the rice evenly with the tempering/tadka.
  9. Sprinkle lemon extract all over the rice and mix the rice evenly.
  10. Cook for a minute.
  11. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if required.
  12. Serve hot with pickle or eat it plain...
1.Here I have directly mixed rice with tempering but, if we are making lemon rice in large quantity then, it is better to transfer the tempering all over the rice bowl and mix it up well...
2.Cooked basmati rice too can be used to make the lemon rice...

 How to make lemon rice recipe or nimmakaya pulihora with the help of video procedure :

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