Eerulli Chitranna is an interesting version of seasoned rice made with onions and spices. This is an easy dish to make from Karnataka.
I came to know about this dish when I was searching for something else when I came about this word of Eerulli to refer onions. I know we call it Ullipaya, Errakedda in Telugu, and it didn’t strike me to check what it’s called in other languages.
Anyway, I read that there is a dish called Eerulli Chitranna that’s made in Karnataka and that was my dish! I searched and came up with many different dishes that were not related to this, though this was more like it.
Eerulli Chitranna is a simple form of seasoning steamed rice with chilies and other dals to make it little more interesting. I made it for our lunch to be paired with a kootu and it was a good satisfying meal.
Eerulli Chitranna is my pick for E in the AtoZ Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi Festival that’s happening for the April Mega Marathon, where I have opted to make 26 Rice dishes. If you are interested to know what I am doing for E in C4AS, go ahead check it out!
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Eerulli Chitranna | How to make Onion Seasoned Rice
1 cup Rice
1 cup Onions
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Urad Dal
1/ 4 tsp Chana Dal
3 to 4 nos Green Chillies
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
Few Curry leaves
Handful Cashew Nuts
Salt to Taste
2 tsp Cooking Oil
1 tsp Ghee
Wash and soak the rice. Cook in your regular method. When you are ready to make the Rice, make sure you spread the rice for it to cool down.
Heat a kadai with oil, temper with mustard, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, cashew nuts, curry leaves, and green chilies. Combine everything well.
Now add the finely chopped onions and saute till it gets cooked.
Add turmeric powder, mix well and then add cooked rice.
Combine and make sure the rice gets coated well.
Serve with any side dish.