Chitranna (Lemon Rice)

Chitranna or Lemon Rice with a dash of homemade yogurt or curds invokes nostalgia in most South Indians. Easy to prepare, mild flavored Chitranna is a staple in many homes. It is also the perfect starting point for the adventurous chefs as the variations can be endless.

This kit yields 2 (by itself)/4 (as side dish) servings.

Included in this meal kit: Rice, Peanuts, Mustard seeds, Cumin Mix (Cumin Seeds, Split Bengal gram & Red gram) and Coconut Mix (Turmeric, Asafetida powder, Dried red chilies & Dry coconut flakes).

You will need (not included in this bag)…

  • 1½ cups water for cooking
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • ½ inch ginger chopped fine
  • Juice of one medium sized lemon
  • 1 medium size onion chopped fine (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro (for garnish)
  • Salt, to taste

Note: Asafetida powder contains trace amount of wheat flour.

Product Reviews


  1. Quick, tasty, and healthy~what more could you want?? 5 Star Review

    Posted by pam on 26th Apr 2014

    The chitranna was wonderful! Most premade rice dishes are bland and full of weird ingredients. The chitranna was bright and tasted REAL! Will be buying these products for myself, and gifts~excellent!

  2. All the adults love it here! 4 Star Review

    Posted by Mara on 8th Mar 2014

    I’m so glad to have found Recipe Sack. Everything we try is delicious and the instructions are easy to follow, which holds true for the lemon rice. My kids were not keen on it, but that just meant there was plenty for us.

  3. Easy and delicious! 5 Star Review

    Posted by Beverly on 10th May 2013

    It turns out great every time I make it – which is quite often since it’s one of my daughter’s favorite dishes!

  4. Wonderful flavor and super easy to cook 5 Star Review

    Posted by Joana on 9th Feb 2013

    The lemon rice is a wonderful option for those who don’t know much about Indian vegan cuisine. It always comes out well and the flavor is fantastic! I personally use it as a side dish or even as a “tapas” style appetizer. Can’t wait to try new recipes!

  5. Even my husband liked it. 5 Star Review

    Posted by Michigan Diane on 9th Feb 2013

    This was truly delicious and even more so easy. The older I get the less I like to cook and this is like an answer to a prayer.

  6. Delicious! 5 Star Review

    Posted by Victoria on 8th Feb 2013

    This dish was absolutely delicious. I have always loved Indian food, but have never been able to follow the recipes successfully. I love how the ingredients come pre measured in plastic sealed packs and easy to follow step by step instructions. It really makes cooking a pleasure.

  7. Easy, quick and tasty 5 Star Review

    Posted by Anne on 8th Feb 2013

    Whipped this up in no time. The directions were easy to follow. The finished dish was a delight. I will be getting this again!

  8. Delicious 5 Star Review

    Posted by Trish on 8th Feb 2013

    I love this lemon rice dish – it is a perfect accompaniment to a vegetarian curry and it serves my whole family (including kids, who love it by the way!). Thank you for providing a wonderful easy to prepare product!

  9. Amazing!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by Melissa on 8th Feb 2013

    I’ve always loved lemon rice, but didn’t even know where to begin in trying to make it at home. While I cook a lot of complicated dishes, my cookbooks’ ingredient listings for this dish seemed daunting. When I made Recipe Sack’s lemon rice, I couldn’t believe how easy, fast, and incredibly delicious it was!! It’s definitely a favorite I’ll go back to! Thank you!