Chitranna is made out of rice. It is said to be an authentic dish in Karnataka, especially during festivals.
We can make varieties of Chitranna. You can check other varieties posted in my blog. Gojju Chitranna, Lemon Rice, Onion Rice.
Today let us learn Oralu Chitranna/Coconut Rice. Oralu in kannada, in earlier days when there were no mixer grinder all masala, spices, dosa, idli batter were grinded in Oralu/Stone. From then it is called Oralu Chitranna, as the masala is grinded in Oralu.
Now we grind in mixie and make Oralu Chitranna
Cooked Rice 3 cups
Grated Coconut 1 cup
Tamarind 1 big lemon size
Jaggery 1 small lemon size
Green Chillies 7-8
Jeera ½ tsp
Hing/asafetida one pinch
Chana / Bengal gram 2 tbsp
Urad Dal 1 tbsp
Red Chillies 3-4
Turmeric ½ tsp
Ground nut/peanut 4 tsp
Mustard ½ tsp
Oil 5-6 tsp
Curry & coriander leaves one fist full
Salt to taste
Soak tamarind in ½ tsp of water for about 10 mins.
Make curry and coriander leaves into two portion. Finely chop one portion and keep aside.
In a mixie jar put grated coconut, soaked tamarind, salt, jeera, hing, one portion of curry & coriander leaves into coarse paste. Do not add any water while grinding.
In a pan take oil and heat it.
When oil is heated add mustard seeds to splutter.
Now add groundnut and fry for 10-20 seconds. When it is half golden brown add chana, urad dal, turmeric, red chillies, one portion of curry leaves and fry till golden brown.
Add grounded mixture into it and fry for 1-2 mins. You can see the grounded mixture is well blended.
Now add cooked & cooled rice (do not add hot rice) and mix well gently.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Oralu Chitranna is ready to serve.
At any point of time water should not be used. While cooking rice add little oil so that rice will not be sticky. Always mix to cooled rice.