Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sabsige soppu Chitranna / Fresh Dill leaves rice

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Eating greens is always a healthier option for healthy life style.My mom used to include lots of green in our diet right from our child hood but these dill leaves were not available at my place.When ever we used to go to my grany's place for holidays I used to see these greens in the local markets/sabji gaadiwaala's there and I loved the fancy look of these leaves(looks like christmas tree leaves for me..he he)and we used to eat various dishes made out of these greens there in my grany's place.
Here in Mumbai these greens are easily available and so I started exploring more recipes using these greens.I got few recipes from my mom in which these greens are used and here comes the first recipe which I tried using dill leaves.This is like our usual chitranna(lemon rice) just that the addition of onions and dill leaves will completely change the flavor of rice.Dill leaves have very strong flavor and so they need to be well sauted or nicely cooked before using it in any dish.

Ingredients:


1 medium bunch fresh dill leaves / Sabsige soppu (approx 1/2 cup when chopped)
1 cup Regular rice

1 big onion,sliced thin

6-7 green chillies,slit
2-3 tbsp groundnuts

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 lemon,squeezed
2 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

a sprig of curry leaves
2 tbsp oil

salt to taste


Method:
  • Cook rice with 2 and 1/4 cups water in pressure cooker.Cool the rice slightly by spreading it over a wide plate.
  • Wash and chop dill leaves into fine and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a big kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add ground nuts and fry for a couple of minutes until they are fried and the skins start splitting up.Add chana dal and urad dal to it and fry again for until they turn light brown in color.
  • Add green chillies,curry leaves and fry until they wither.
  • Add finely sliced onion and fry for a couple of minutes until translucent.Now add chopped dill leaves and fry for a couple of minutes.This process takes some time,the raw smell of the leaves should go away otherwise it tastes very raw.Sprinkle some water while frying if necessary.
  • Add turmeric powder to it and mix well.Now add cooked rice,salt and lemon juice and mix well until everything is incorporated properly.
Serve it warm or at room temperature with some chips/murukku and dahi.

Variations to the rice:
  • You can avoid ground nuts and add fresh peas instead and follow the same procedure.
  • You can avoid onions in the above recipe if you want.

56 comments:

Supriya Nair said...

Hi Prathy, very delicious one here...nutritious as well with the addition of the dill leaves...Cheers!

LG said...

I am huge fan of this chitranna. I think this was in the list of first few dishes blogged in my blog.

Kanchan said...

OMG you used shepu (in marathi) leaves for rice :0 !! Frankly I don't like the smell of this but your rice looks totally delicious !

Did the spice and rice overlook the distinct taste of the greens?

Prathibha said...

Kanchan,Yes these greens have very strong smell,they need to be well sauteed in oil in order to lose their....and the addition of spices,lemon and onions will dominate the taste of the dill leaves and actually it adds nice flavor to the dish.

Priya said...

U know wat sterday i got a pack of this dill leaves..here u r with those green leaves..Chitranna looks fantastic and i love the dill leaves strong flavour..thanks for sharing Prathy..

Sushma Mallya said...

Very flavourful rice,never used dill leaves for rice anytime,surely must be good to have...

K said...

That's a nice variation from the normal chitranna and a nice way to incorporate greens:)

Rachana Kothari said...

A very good flavoured rice, I liked the use of Dill very much:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Never tasted dill leaves till now...rice looks yum...

Chitra said...

Never bought Dill leaves.Will surely buy & try ..Pics look awesome !!

Pari said...

hi. i can not stand the smell of dill, but ur clicks are very tempting dear.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious rice

Nandini said...

A good flavorful rice! Beautiful presentation! Adore the way you cooked this dish.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Add dill to making rice dish is new to me.I have done with basil,parsley even radish leaves..should try soon..that bowl looks extremely very good:)

Anncoo said...

I think I can make this someday because I grew a lot of dill in my garden.

Varunavi said...

Nice recipe,i used to love the smell of this leaf when i was pregnant and often ended up in making rice with dill leaves.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks delicious and super healthy, even i am little hesitant of the smell of Dill leaves. Got to try your way to try these healthy greens.

prasu said...

yummy rice with delicious presentation and drool worthy clicks dear.

Mane said...

lovely! I make dill rice as well, but pretty different from yyour version. This one sounds yummy!

Priyameena said...

Lemon and dill such a nice combination.. looks colorful

SE said...

u know what..I make a bhaji of the dill leaves and tastes amazing with bhakri !!

Pavithra said...

Nice try prathy .. But I add dill leaves in buttermilk and while making bread. But this sounds good will try it out and let your know.

Parita said...

Very flavorful rice, nice click too :-)

Preeti Kashyap said...

Looks lovely prathiba! Never tried this before...shd give it a try!

Asha said...

Great idea P, never thought of adding Sappsige to Chitranna. looks yummy, will try next time.

Happy Cook said...

Beautiful colour the rice is having. And each grain have sepearted beautifully.

Happy Cook said...

Beautiful colour the rice is having. And each grain have sepearted beautifully.

Gita said...

Gorgeous clicks dear...I have bookmarked this recipe to try it later...thanks for sharing :)

Madhu said...

Chitranna looks amazing.. love the addition of Sabbsige soppu.Beautifuly Captured..

Cham said...

Very aromatic rice!

Dolly said...

Wow Pratibha..What an awesome and inviting Click. It looks like its a page from a gourmet magazine.Very Professional. You have taken the humble lemon rice to gr8 heights by the addition of dill leaves. Looks so colorful and yummy.

Red Chillies said...

We love sabsige soppu at home. Whenever I make rice from it, it turns 'kahi' maybe I am missing something. I will keep this recipe in mind the next time.

Shri said...

Delicious looking rice!

Padma said...

I just love the smell of dill leaves and add in many dishes like vada or bassaru. Chitranna looks so tempting Prathibha.

jeyashrisuresh said...

never tried anything using these leaves.saw it once in the indian grocery.Rice looks yum.nice click too

shanthi said...

This is so captivating and eye catching

Rachel said...

Dill in rice...very new to me.

Tina said...

Its new to me....Sounds great dear...

SriLekha said...

looks so yummy!

Akal's Saappadu said...

that's a delight for the taste buds as well as for the eyes!!! lovely and refreshing green colour and well combined with the lemon rice!!!interesting and delicious one!!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks so yummy. I have never tried dill leaves - will check it out...

Aps said...

Oh u add onions for chitranna???? Nd i never got dill leaves ne time :P.... may be i must try once
luks gr8

Deepa G Joshi said...

You know what, never knew about Chitranna until I got married into a Kannadiga family.. I love this rice a lot..you wont believe have never tastes dill leaves every in my life..:P. excellent click.

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Gulmohar said...

Aha..the aroma is coming here...I haven't tried this rice yet and thanks a lot for this recipe :-)

Uma said...

soooo pleasing to eyes as well as tummy. Looks soooo tempting.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Ofcourse greens are great for health and this is a wonderful way to include it in our diet!!! Love the vibrant colors, very inviting!!!

SriLekha said...

looks delicious!

Malar Gandhi said...

Chitranna with dill leaves, sounds unique and refreshing variation:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Chitranna with dill leaves, sounds unique and refreshing variation:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Very aromatic and colorful rice Prathy. Not used dill leaves in rice. Will try this soon da....

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

beautiful presentation. nice picture and looks very pretty.

PJ said...

Hi prathiba,I could never used these leaves as I have never seen them in the places I have lived.The rice looks delish!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! yummy! bookmarked thanks!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Picture looks very inviting,making me hungry now :)

jayasri said...

wow, first time here I was going through your recipes from the top, I love guntpanganalu too!!, my friend got the chetti as a present to me from India!, I have some Raw bananas I wanted to try something new !! here it is I will go for it, and chitranna with sabsige soppu love it, I will try this one too.., you have got some lovely recipes.. will be back soon

Nidhi said...

Hey,
I tried this tonight and came out well, even though I was apprehensive about onions in lemon rice. Thanks for a very nice recipe.

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