Thursday, 6 December 2012

"Mavinkai Chitranna" or Seasoned Raw Mango Rice - A Kannadiga delicacy

"Mavinkai Chitranna" is a famous rice dish from Karnataka, India. The main ingredient of this rice dish is Raw Mango.
Yesterday, while shopping I found raw mangoes in the vegetable section, and could not resist picking it up...
Raw Mangoes are normally available from the month of March when summer starts setting in most states of India, but nowadays raw mangoes are available almost through out the year..
Raw Mango or green mangoes have plenty of health benefits which are different from ripe mangoes. Green Mango is full of lots of vitamin C, and they are great for warding off anemia. 
Green mangoes also enhances memory, guess that's why most women have better memory power since most women love green or raw mangoes.
Green Mango juice is also good for relieving sore throats.
Unripe green mangoes are beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Mix one chopped raw mango with honey and salt. Consuming this mixture is very much effective in curing for summer diarrhoea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.
The main ingredient of this rice dish is Raw Mango.
This rice dish has the perfect balance of spice and tang...!
Just thinking about this rice dish makes my mouth water... 
Trying making'll love it!
Serves 4
White rice - any variety - 1 cup
Raw mango - small - 1/2 - grated
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dal/ Bengal gram/ Split chickpeas - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal/Split Black lentil - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies - 2 - finely chopped
Curry leaves - 5
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Peanuts - 1 handful
Coriander leaves - chopped - 1 tbsp
Grated coconut - 1 tbsp or dry coconut pieces - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Cook the rice and keep aside. Allow to cool so that the cooked grains are separated and not stuck together.
Take a large heavy bottomed vessel or pan, add oil, keep on low heat, add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the urad dal and chana dal and fry till golden, then add the hing, turmeric powder, green chillies and curry leaves and fry for 30 seconds. Now add the peanuts and fry till golden brown. Now add the grated mango and salt and fry for 1 minute till raw mango is cooked. Add grated coconut and coriander leaves and mix well.
If you are using "Kobri" or Dry coconut pieces you could fry it along with the peanuts.Switch off heat, now add the rice and mix well.

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