Monday, October 3, 2011

Dabbakaya Pulihora(Chitranna) | Indian Grape fruit Rice

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We all make lot of rice varieties like lemon rice,mango rice, puliyogre, coconut rice, mustard rice etc during festivals as they do not require onions in it and also are very easy to make.I recently mentioned in my post that my cousin brought so many goodies from her home town,even these big limes(dabbakaya) are also brought by her.Dabbakaya looks very similar to lemon and is generally very big in size(almost the size of mosambi) when compared to regular lemon and also dabbakaya tastes bit sweet and sour unlike lemon.We generally make pickle or this rice or gojju with it.This rice is a closer cousin to lemon rice with a slight change in taste and flavor.

Coming to the rice,it is very easy and quick to make as it does not include many items.I am sure everyone knows how to make lemon rice but I would like to share few tips in order to make tasty lemon/sweetlime rice.Nicely cooked soft and fluffy rice,more spicy and tangy rice for extra punch and also mixing the rice while it is hot are the key things one should remember to make yummy and tasty lemon rice.I follow the same way for rice varieties like lemon rice,dabbakaya pulihora and mango rice.

Ingredients:
1 cup regular Sona masuri or equivalent
1 Dabbakaya/Indian grape fruit(big lime)
5-6 Green chillies,slit
1-2 Red chillies(optional)
2-3 tbsp chopped Coriander
a sprig of Curry leaves
2-3 tbsp Cashews,broken
2-3 tbsp Groundnuts
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp Oil
Method:
  • Pressure cook rice(1 cup rice: 2 1/4 cups water) or how you cook your regular rice until it is soft and fluffy.The rice should be comparatively softer to eat and it should not be like how we do for pulav/biriyani.
  • Squueze the lime and separate the seeds and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add ground nuts and fry over medium flame until they are golden brown.
  • Add cashew nuts,chana dal,urad dal,green chilies and fry until they turn golden brown and green chillies wilt.
  • Add curry leaves and mix well and add turmeric powder and switch off the flame.
  • Now take rice in a wide bowl and add the tadka to it and add enough salt and mix well until everything is mixed.
  • Add squeezed lime(dabbakaya) with out seeds and coriander to it and mix well.
Serve it immediately when it is warm/hot.You can even serve it cold.

Notes:
  1. In order to make tasty lime/lemon rice I always mix when the rice is hot and I like to eat it immediately.
  2. I added more number of chillies to the recipe,if you can not bear that much spice level feel free to reduce the number of chillies.
  3. It is always important to taste the rice and add salt,lime/lemon juice to it according to your taste buds.
  4. Always add less amount of turmeric powder and also add directly into the tadka which gives the rice a light greenish color instead of yellow color.
  5. Use regular rice like sona masuri,ponni or equivalent rice and I do not recommend using basmati rice for this.
  6. If you are making the rice ahead always use more lemon/lime and chillies than needed as the rice absorbs it and make it more tasty by noon.

39 comments:

Priti said...

Looks so perfect ..I do almost same too and now I want to eat lemon rice :) ....nice pics

Nisha said...

Beautiful pics and presentation. I love lemon rice anythime

pinksrecipediary said...

Lovely pic dear especially the last one............ This is Hubby's fav and even i prepare on almost the same method.

Rekha shoban said...

perfect for lunch...rice looks very colourful and nice click dear!

Kaveri said...

Rice using Sweet lime is new to me...sounds very good..nice pictures

Ammu's said...

My mom use to make this rice when I'm in india.. Love the pic and the rice is irresistible.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

This is our lunch box menu most of the days...love the cute presentation and ur clicks,nice recipe...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks very tempting

Kitchen Flavours said...

This post reminds me of Jagapati Babu as in one movie i can't recall the name now....sakshi sivanad nick names him dabbakaya......:-)Pulihora loos yummy....that green background compliments the recipe.....my MIL always make this....

Raji said...

Lovely recipe Pratibha..the rice looks really inviting and love the pics.

Suhaina said...

wow..never had it before. looks so tempting.

Supriya said...

Lovely and colorful photo. I love Chitranna and it was one of my favorite tiffin food in school. Seeing your recipe brings good old memories back :) I will try this soon now!

Hasna said...

this luks awesome!! rice luks perfect and a completely new one for me ....

Reva said...

Looks yum..:) Lovely tangy rice.. perfect for lunchbox..
Reva

Tina said...

looks yummy..

Radhika said...

This fruit is called as "Naarthangai" I believe in tamil which has many medicinal qualities. My Grandma used to make this rice and serve atleast once a week when we were kids. Thanks for bringing back the memories Prathy. Lovely presentation.

Shri said...

Beautiful Prathibha and it would have that lovely fragrance too!

Jay said...

Mmmm...flavorful n healthy...lovely presentation..
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Chitra said...

My mil makes this. love it very much.

Ramya said...

What a lovely one pot meal:-) Irresistible:-)Nice clicks!

Priya said...

Woww tongue tickling rice, looks super inviting and flavourful..

Deeksha said...

Looks very delicious. Tempting clicks too.

aipi said...

It looks sooo appetizing! The color, texture,presentation everything is super perfect!
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Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks superb, I love this rice and your clicks are making me hungry.

Babli said...

Rice looks yummy, flavourful and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Super flavorful rice...Beautiful presentation..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My mom makes it,not a big fan of it,but your clicks makes me drool!

Sravs said...

wow super and looks very tempting !! makes me hungry a lot !! great clicks !!

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Neha said...

Wow...rice looks so god...Nice and colorful....Lovely pics too...Do check my gve away at http://muchmorethanahomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-100-followers-and-give-away.html

Neha said...

Wow...rice looks so god...Nice and colorful....Lovely pics too...Do check my gve away at http://muchmorethanahomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-100-followers-and-give-away.html

anthony stemke said...

This is a perfectly wonderful rice dish.
Thank You.

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Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Yummy recipe....looks delicious....nice click.

Patricia Torres said...

Oh wow!! so simply perfect. ... beautiful!! Im not sure I'd want to eat it.. :-)

Prathima Rao said...

Chitrannas are so easy to make & make a light & comforting meal..This looks totally mouthwatering Prathiba,...:)
Prathima Rao
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jeyashrisuresh said...

simple and yummy lunch box menu. my son's fav one

Mrs K said...

The rice looks so well done & presented equally well:) Learnt a more efficient way of mixing the rice too,thanks!!!

Rashmi said...

Hi Prathy,

First of all thanks for your encouraging note on my post.
And you too have a lovely collection of recipes and lemon rice looks so colourful and presentable - gr8 pics too!

Bindu said...

woww.. never tried this before.. looks very tempting :)

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Luvly Variation Dear.Never heard any one using Bitter-lemon to do rice variety.Thanks for the add.Luv ur recipes in this yumm blog.Following U.

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