Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nellikai Chitrana (Gooseberry Chitrana)

Nellikai Chitrana is prepared with raw rice and can be eaten for lunch or dinner. You can also try this with wheat Semiya  or with Oats too.

Things needed :


Raw Rice : 1 cup.
Water :  2 1/2 cup.
Oil : 1 Tea spoon.
Ghee : 1 Table spoon.
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon.
Urd Daal: 1/2 Tea spoon.
Coconut : 2 Table spoons. ( Fresh and grated ).
Salt: To taste.
Goose berries : 3 to 4 ( Medium Sized ).
Onions : 2
Curry leaves : 6 to 8.
Green chillies : 3 to 4
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Table spoons.

Method :

1.Wash and cook rice. Leave it for cooling.
2. Cut coriander leaves, onions, curry leaves and green chillies in to small pieces.
3. Grate coconut. Grate goose berries.
4. Now take a big pan and keep it on the fire. Add oil and put mustard seeds and urd daal.
5. Let Mustard seeds spurt. Add cut  green chilies  and fry them for 1 minute.
6. Add cut onions and curry leaves and fry till they turn golden brown.
7. Now add cooked and cooled rice to the fried mixture.  Add salt to it. Mix it nicely.
8. Add grated coconut and grated goose berries to the rice and mix it.
9. Put off the gas and replace the prepared Goose berry chitranna to the serving bowl.
10. Add coriander leaves and a spoon full of ghee .  Mix it nicely
Note : Do not over cook  the rice . For Sona masoori use 2 1/2  cup water. If you are using Basmati rice use 1 1/2 cup  water.  ( 1 cup rice - 1 1/2 cup water). Do not use  too much of Nellikai ( goose berry ) . Can also use 1/2  a rind of lemon juice to chitranna to give a tangy taste. You can also use ground nuts, add it  while frying green chillies and fry them till they are golden colour.
Serves :2
Time : 10 Minutes if you have cooked rice .
Cooking Rice : At least 20 to 25 minutes. 

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