Mango Rice Recipe - Mavinkai Chitranna

Mavinkai Chitranna

Maavinkaay(mango) chitra anna (colored rice) as its called in Kannada, is a yummy tangy rice made of green unripe mangoes. Thanks to Mexico, our Indian stores here in the US carry loads of fresh crates. There are 2 versions of making this, I am writing the quick and easy method.

Serves 4
  • 2 cups rice, cooked and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 raw green unripe mango with skin, half grated and half diced
  • 3-5 green chillies slit
  • 1 small shallot/white onion, diced
  • 2 tsp chopped curry leaves
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander
  • Juice of 1 lime             
  • 1 tsp or more salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • Pinch of asefoetida/hing
  • 2-4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp sesame powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp peanuts
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tsp oil, add in all tempering ingredients and toss on medium heat till its golden brown. Move it onto a small cup and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, on medium heat, add chopped curry leaves, green chillies, onion and grated mango. Add turmeric, salt, sugar and asefoetida. You may also add sesame powder at this point.
  3. Squeeze the juice of lime, add in cooled rice, stir gently until combined. 
  4. Add in chopped coriander and peanut tempering. Mix it only before it is served, this way, the peanuts and lentils stay crunchy! Enjoy!