Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Karibevu Chitranna (Curry Leaves Rice)

Karibevu Chitranna is a flavorful rice dish. In Kannada, karibevu means curry leaves and chitranna means seasoned rice. I got inspired from Vah Chef to make this recipe. I made few additions to his recipe and it turned out very tasty. I am always thankful to him as he always inspires me to try new recipes.

Curry leaves are very flavorful and commonly used in seasoning South Indian dishes. It is very rich in Iron and hence this rice is very healthy. This recipe is simple and rich in flavors. Do try it and enjoy!!

  • Raw Rice- 3/4 cup
  • Curry Leaves- 1/4 cup (packed)
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 3 Tbsp
  • Green Chilli- 2-3
  • Tamarind paste- 1/4 tsp
  • Oil- 3 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing)- A pinch
  • Peanuts (groundnuts)- 2 Tbsp
  • Chanadal (split chickpeas)- 1 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Wash and cook the rice (I cooked in a microwave oven). Let it cool for some time. The rice grains should be well separated, once cooked (I added few drops of oil in the rice- water mixture before cooking).

Wash the curry leaves and pat it dry with a paper towel or cloth. Then heat a pan and add few drops of oil. Once hot add cumin seeds. Once it starts to sizzle, add the curry leaves and mix well. Fry for a half a minute and turn off the heat. Allow it to cool.

Once it comes to room temperature, grind it along with grated coconut, green chillis and tamarind paste.

Add little water while grinding, to get a paste.

Now prepare the seasoning. First heat oil in a kadai. Then add mustard seeds. Once it starts popping, add asafoetida, peanuts and chana dal

Once it starts to turn slight brown, add the ground paste and salt. Fry for a minute.

Finally add the cooked rice and mix gently. 

Once everything comes together, turn off the heat. 

Karibevu Chitranna is ready!!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves 1-2 people.