Friday, March 7, 2014

Sabsige Soppu Chitranna (Dill Rice)

Sabsige Soppu Chitranna is a flavorful Indian rice. I have been making it for a long time and it has become one of our favorite rice. I adapted this recipe from here.

Dill leaves is very healthy and we get it once a month. I love to make rotti, chapathi etc. Dill is a herb which has a very strong flavor. People either love it or hate it. Luckily we both love the flavor and enjoy it once in a while. This recipe is a keeper. It tastes like lemon rice which is enhance by the flavor of dill leaves and garlic. Do try this recipe and I am sure you will enjoy as much as we do. 

  • Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Lima Beans (I used frozen) - 1/2 cup
  • Dill leaves (Sabsige Soppu), chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - As needed
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chilli - 2-3
  • Urad dal (split black gram) - 1 tsp
  • Garlic pods- 2-3
  • Onion, medium sized- 1/2
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Lime juice- To taste
  • Salt- To taste


Wash the rice and put in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 1/4 cup of water, frozen lima beans, few drops of oil and salt (to taste). 

Cook it in a microwave oven until it gets cooked (it took 14 minutes for me). Alternatively you can cook it in a pressure cooker or in a pot. But make sure the rice doesn't turn mushy. Once cooked allow it to cool completely.

Meanwhile wash the dill leaves and discard the stems and chop the leaves finely.

Then chop the onion, garlic and green chilli.

Once the rice cools, break down it gently until the grains get separated. Then add 1 tsp of oil, chopped dill and turmeric powder. Mix well.

Now heat oil in a pan. Once hot add mustard seeds. After it splutters, add green chilli, garlic and Urad dal. Fry it for few seconds and add chopped onion. Mix well. Sprinkle little salt (remember that you have added salt to the rice). Fry it until the onions turn golden brown.

Then add in the rice mixture. 

Mix well and let it get heated for a while (until the rawness from turmeric and dill leaves goes off). 

Finally turn off the heat and squeeze in some lime juice and mix. Sabsige Soppu Chitranna is ready!!

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


  1. Hi Sowmya, I guess you can substitute frozen peas. I have never tried it though! Let me know if you try it out. Sorry for the delayed reply.