Mango Rice (Mavinakayi Chitranna)

This is a very famous and traditional dish of Karnataka and Andhra. Similar to normal chitranna , where lemon is replaced by raw mango. This dish is usually made out of leftover rice thus very simple and easy. People in Karnataka have it atleast once a week. Best for lunch and breakfast. My mother used to pack my lunch box with chitranna. This dish tasted best when the mango is tangy

NOTE :  
  • Number of green chilies depend on how spicy they are. I am using 5 as mine are not very spicy.
  • If you don't have any raw mango then use 2 tbsp lime water instead ( Lemon juice).
  • Optional - Can use coriander leaves and grated coconut at the end to garnish.
  • Can use groundnuts / Peanuts for seasoning if needed.
  • Ensure to cool the rice before mixing the rice with tempering. Rice breaks easily when it is hot & the whole dish becomes sticky.
  • Check the sourness of the raw mango. Indian small raw mangoes would be very sour. When using them, add a little less than 1 mango for the above mentioned rice.
Preparation time : 5 Minutes

Cooking Time : 5 Minutes

Total Time : 10 Minutes

Yield : 2-3 servings

Mango Rice (Mavinakayi Chitranna)
Mango Rice (Mavinakayi Chitranna)


For seasoning  :
Green Chillies6 nos finely chopped
Raw Mango1/2 small finely chopped or grated
Onion 1 finely chopped
Mustard Seeds / Saasama1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera1 tbsp
Curry Leaves7-8
Split Urad Dal (Optional)1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder / Haldi1/2 sp
Asafoetida / Hingu1/2 sp

Oil 2 tbsp
Leftover rice3 cups
Saltas needed

Method :

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add split urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chilies, Asafoetida and curry leaves. Fry for 2 minutes.

     2.  Add grated raw mango and saute it for 20 second. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well

     3.  Now add leftover rice to it and mix thoroughly and ensure no rice lumps are formed. Switch off the stove.
     4.  Garnish with coriander leaves if needed. 

Mango Rice (Mavinakayi Chitranna)
Mango Rice (Mavinakayi Chitranna)


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