Variety rice such as lemon rice, tomato rice, and this raw mango rice is very popular in south India. It’s quick, satisfying, and also a great picnic/pack along food.

Today, this was our nice, filling lunch.

One thing is to make sure the mango is fully green/unripe/firm and white on the inside. It should be tangy and a bit sour like a lemon.


  • 2-3c cooked rice
  • 1 raw mango, grated
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • sprig of curry leaves
  • 4 green or red chilies, slit
  • 1 Tbs channa dal and urad dal
  • 2-3 Tbs cashews or peanuts
  • pinch of hing
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Cook the rice and spread it on a plate to cool, keep the grains separate. Grate the mango.

Heat 1 Tbs oil in a pan and add the mustard, cumin, then green chilies, curry leaves, dals.

Once dals start to roast, add the nuts, then the hing and turmeric. Turn off the heat, stir in the grated mango, salt, then the rice. Mix well.

Optional: that ubiquitous coconut ๐Ÿ˜€


Comments on: "Maavinakai Chitranna (Green Mango Rice)" (12)

  1. Green mango rice looks delicious. my brother-in-law used to make it.

  2. I have not tried this but I make Lemon Rice all the time and I love it!

  3. I love it… one of my favourites…

  4. So lovely and tangy rice dear….

  5. I love this rice variety very much! But rarely make,yummy,mouthwatering now!

  6. Such lovely and tasty rice! Sounds delicious dear…

  7. So the green mango is really good? I’ve never tried but already heard it’s yummy with salt.

  8. Lovely color of the rice.I love such simple, no fuss recipes.

  9. I love chitra-anna too an all time fav. Thanks for your comments on the coffee post , no am not from coorg…but wld love to visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Lovely color and sounds so fantastic!.

  11. This looks really different and tasty. I love rice dishes, too — can’t wait to give it a try!

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