Mavinkayi Chitranna / Raw Green Mango Rice

Mavinkayi Chitranna
Rice delicacies are probably the most convenient for me to cook. South Indian traditional recipes like Chitranna, Bisibele Bhaath, Puliyogare are always a hit at my place. How about the Karnataka special Mavinkayi (Raw Green Mango) Chitranna?
This fruity rice with crunchy peanuts and cashews is one of my go to meals on a busy weekday. Hope you all like it.

Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Green Raw Mango (grated) - about 2 cups
Raw Peanuts/Groundnuts - 1/4 cup
Cashews/Kaju - 1/4 cup
Chana Dal/Split Chickpeas/Split Bengal Gram - 2 tsp
Urad Dal/Split Black Gram - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Methi/Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves/Kadipata - 6 or 8
Green Chilies - 2 or 3
Oil - 4 tbsp

How to cook South Indian Mango Rice:
  • Wash Basmati rice well, about 4 - 5 times. Drain all the water. Pressure cook washed rice, 1/2 tbsp oil, 1 1/2 cups water and little salt. Make sure that rice is not mushy or overcooked. When rice slightly cools down, gently fluff the rice with a fork so that the grains are separated. Set it aside.
Chitranna Rice
  • Heat 2 tbsp in a pan. Add peanuts and fry them until peanuts slightly change color and turn aromatic. Set it aside with cooked rice.
  • In the same pan, fry cashew halves until golden brown. Set it aside too.
  • Now in the same pan, add mustard seeds, methi seeds, asafoetida, chana dal and urad dal. Saute for a minute or until the dals turn fragrant. Next, add curry leaves, slit green chilies and turmeric. Saute for few seconds. Next, add grated mango and little salt. Saute until the moisture from mango is evaporated. This masala called as Mavinkaye Gojju can be made ahead and refrigerated.
  • Fresh green mango is my first choice, but frozen raw mango also tastes good.
Mavinkaye Gojju
  • Lastly, add the cooked rice, fried peanuts, fried cashews and 1/2 tbsp oil to the pan and gently stir until the rice is coated well with the mavinkayi gojju. If the mango is not tart enough, sprinkle some lemon juice. 
  • Garnish Mavinkayi Chitranna with raw mango slices or fried cashews. Serve with Papad and yogurt or raita.


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