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Chitranna (Lemon Rice) prepared by an indian woman.jpg
Chitranna (Lemon Rice) prepared by an Indian woman in Karnataka
Alternative namesLemon Rice
CourseBreakfast, can be an accompanying dish served with Lunch and Dinner too.
Place of originIndia
Region or stateKarnataka
Main ingredientsRice
VariationsMavinakayi Chitranna, Nimbehannu Chitranna, Irulli Chitranna, Kayi-Sasive Chitranna

Chitranna (Kannada: ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ; also known as lemon-rice) is a rice-based dish widely prepared in South India. It is prepared by mixing cooked rice with a special seasoning called Oggarane or Gojju. Characteristic for the seasoning are mustard seeds, fried lentils, peanuts, curry leaves, chillies, lemon juice and other optional items such as scrapes of unripe mango. Added Turmeric powder gives Chitranna its yellow color. Garlic and onions are also used in the seasoning by some, although traditionally they do not form part of the recipe. The dish is especially popular in the south Indian state of Karnataka, where it has become a part of the daily diet.


Depending on the ingredients, various types of Chitranna can be prepared:

  • Nimbehannu Chitranna (Kannada: ನಿಂಬೆಹಣ್ಣು ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ) : This is the famous 'Lemon Rice' prepared by mixing cooked rice with turmeric and lemon juice
  • Eerulli Chitranna (Kannada: ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ) : Onion Chitranna; Fried onion, mustard seeds, spilt chickpeas and green chillies are mixed with cooked rice
  • Mavinakayi Chitranna (Kannada: ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ) : Mango Chitranna; Raw, unripe mango is ground into a paste and mixed with cooked rice
  • Kayi-Sasive Chitranna (Kannada: ಕಾಯಿ-ಸಾಸಿವೆ ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ) : Grated coconut and mustard seeds are ground into a paste and mixed with cooked rice