Kadalekaalu Chitranna/Sprouted Green Chana Rice

Perhaps Chitranna, Uppittu, Avalakki are few items which I bet would not say 'no' when you are in a foreign land. Back home these are made on daily basis that say the name of uppittu........"plzzz amma don't give me concrete (we call uppittu as concrete.. ;D) to eat early in the morning"..this was my standard answer when I was a child. I have thrown enough tantrums for eating repetitive stuff ;) like this. To make chitranna/lemon rice more interesting I add few items and give it a bit of face lift. Atleast it does not sound the same old figure rice (Chitra=Figure Anna=Rice..translated from Kannada to English) Priyanka liked it as much as we like it so this is for you Priyanka.....


You need the following to make Kadalekaalu Chitranna/Chana rice :
Sprouted Chana : 1 small cup about 2 fistfuls (cooked)
Onion : 1 medium sized (peeled, washed and chopped length wise)
Green Chillies : 5 (washed, wiped and cut lengthwise)
Cooked Rice : 4 cups

Tampering :
Oil: 4tbsp
Kadalebele/Chanadal : 1tsp
Uddinabele/Uraddal: 1tsp
Curry Leaves : 1 line
Turmeric powder : 2 pinch

Seasoning : Salt, and Lemon juice from 1 lemon

Garnishing : chopped coriander, grated fresh coconut (optional)

Wash and soak green chana/brown chana (green chickpea/brown chickpea) overnight. Next morning, remove water and transfer it to a airtight container. Keep it aside in a dark place for next 24hrs and you have sprouted chickpea..if you don't see sprouts at probably have give it another 12 hrs time. Here it is :


Pressure cook rice and let it cool. Rice grains should fall apart for this type of rice preparation. I keep a plate/bowl over the rice bowl and place chana in it. Chana gets pressure cooked with rice. Remove excess water from Chana. (Note: I do not add water to chana bowl when I place it inside the cooker).

In a wide non stick pan heat oil. When it is hot add mustard seeds and let it splutter. When it has stopped crackeling add Chanadal and let it brown and the add urad dal let it brown too. Now throw in green chillies and chopped onions. Add turmeric powder and give a nice stir. Fry onions till they turn transclusent and soft. Add salt & cooked chana, mix and switch off the gas.

Add cooked rice to the tampered mix and mix it well. Season with lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot!

My way of enjoying Chana Rice :


This goes to Grow Your Own event hosted by Jai and Bee..I hope it qualifies ;) GYO event was started by talented Andrea of Andrea's Recipes



Unknown said...

wow !!this is a nice one.. i make this (a bit different from yours )when i have sprouted moong..

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Srikitchen said...

wow.... the green chana rice is so colorful...

Cooking Station said...

@ Sowmya, Please blog your recipe too..I would love to try it.

you are welcome anytime..

@ Srilekha,
thanks Sri for coming here...

ST said...

WOW channa rice is soooo colorful and delicious........Feel like eating now only....

bee said...

what a great udea to add sprouted kadalaa to lemon rice!!! i hate upma always did. :D

Shreya said...

this is so different and nice. Really nice way to make use of sprouts.. and healthy!

Sagari said...

addind chana is a great idea ,nice recipe

EC said...

Sounds to be a great idea...thanks for sharing

Andrea Meyers (Grow Your Own) said...

I would say your sprouted chana definitely qualifies! I'm always looking for new ways to make rice as it's one of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing your recipe with Grow Your Own!

Cooking Station said...

@ All,
Thanks for dropping by and leaving wonderfull words for me.

GYO is an event I enjoyed participating. It is a great event!

PaakaPriya said...

Hi Lakshmi,
Tried this today and it was absolutely yummy (skipped coriander and coconut since I had run out and still it turned out great!). Will make this frequently in future!