June 11, 2019

Maavinkaai Chitranna | Maangai Saadham | Raw Mango flavored Rice

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Maavinkaai Chitranna is a famous delicacy from Karnataka and is made in almost every household during the Mango Season . The tanginess of mango when blended with proper spices and mixed with hot rice is totally flavorful and very very tasty. The addition of peanuts gives an extra crunch to the rice.  Fried cashews can also be added to make it look rich; but peanuts gives the rice a traditional touch.
During the mango season you can make this rice using fresh mangoes but during off season , Mango thokku or Maangai Thokku can be used to prepare this rice and can be enjoyed . To know how to make mangai thokku , refer to this link .

Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking Time - 30 mins
Serves- 3-4
Complexity  - medium

150 gms or 1.5 cups rice
1 medium sized raw mango grated ( I have used thothapuri)
Or 3 tablespoons maangai thokku 
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp rasam powder
1/2 tsp haldi
Pinch of asafoetida
2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Handful of groundnuts / peanuts
Few curry leaves.


  • Pressure cook the rice to a grainy texture and spread it on a large plate and keep aside . The rice should not be mushy or soft . The texture of rice should be like that used for pulao or biryani .
  • In a kadai, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds and peanuts until crisp . 
  • Now , add the grated mango along with haldi, red chili powder, rasam powder , salt, curry leaves and cook it until it forms a nice mass and gives out a wonderful aroma . Turn off the stove 
  • If using maangai thokku , then add the thokku to the hot oil after spluttering mustard and peanuts along with rasam powder and curry leaves and give it a quick stir without burning the masala . Turn off the stove. 
  • Add the cooked rice to this mango masala and gently mix it without breaking the rice or making it mushy.  Adjust salt if needed . A little rasam powder or red chilli powder can be added if you feel the spice level is low.
  • Let the rice rest for 15 20 mins before serving.  This step ensures that the flavor gets infused into the rice very well .
  • Serve with some fried papads and thick curd/yogurt .

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