Lemon rice or chitrannam or Nimmakaya Pulihora"(telugu) in Telugu is a staple and simple south Indian food. In my previous lemon rice I showed the simple, Chennai style and our home style but this one is prepared in my grandma’s house by my mami, which is simple but added one more ingredient to make it more special that is roasted chana (putanae or dalia in hindi). I still remember whenever we plan for picnic or journey by train or car , my grandmother and my mami, they prepare so perfectly with the colour and taste, who is in anantapur (Andhra Pradesh) prepare this lovely lemon rice, to go with it they prepare stuffed green chilli with coconut fry which I have shown you in my recipe. It is best served with pickle or potato crisps. It is so simple and easy to make. My mother used to prepare for my lunch box also with some fried potato poriyal, which is my favourite food during lazy times, no need to spend much time in kitchen.it is very helpful to those who are very busy with their jobs but have to cook food for themselves and the kids, which is a very easy solution is this lemon rice, which will not get spoil or stale.
Lemon rice can be prepared with leftover rice which is kept in the fridge. I never use peanuts (groundnuts) for my lemon rice, as I don’t like it in my lemon rice but you can add in the beginning if it is raw fry with onion or boiled in the end. Lemon rice is yellow in colour and it flavours are fresh and appetizing. After seeing my lemon rice photos, you will see that my rice is showing different colours from light to dark, it because of turmeric powder, I sometimes add more or less.