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Pulihora or Chitrannam or Lemon Rice

Pulihora is a simple and easy to make rice dish where rice is combined with lime juice, green chilies, salt, and tempered with some spices and nuts.
Course Breakfast, Festival Recipes, Lunch box Recipes
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Chitrannam, Lemon Rice, Lunch Box Recipes, Prasadam Recipes, Pulihora
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 bowl Cooked Rice
  • 3-4 tbsp Lime Juice or 2 medium size limes
  • 3-4 Green chilies
  • 1/4 cup Coriander leaves or a handful of coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp Urad Dal
  • 2 tbsp Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped Ginger or 1 inch Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Salt or as per your taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Wash the coriander and green chilies.
  • In a blender, add green chilies, coriander leaves, and 1/2 spoon of salt. Pulse them once or twice to make a coarse mixture. Keep it aside.
  • Squeeze the lime juice into a small bowl. Take off the seeds if any.
  • Take the cooked rice in a mixing bowl, sprinkle turmeric powder, lime juice, and salt.
  • Mix well so that rice is nicely coated with turmeric and salt without making the rice mushy and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal, and peanuts.
  • When the seeds start spluttering, add finely chopped ginger and curry leaves.
  • When the raw smell of ginger goes off and curry leaves turn crisp, reduce the flame to low and add the blended green chili and coriander paste.
  • Sautee it for a minute until the raw smell goes off and turn off the flame.
  • Add this tempering to the rice. Mix well.
  • Pulihora is ready to serve. To get the nice flavors set it aside for 1-2 hrs.