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Lemon Rice – Nimbehannu Chitranna

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

This is yet another authentic madhwa recipe prepared during all occasions in Madhwa houses as well as in temples. The recipes requires very simple and basic ingredient, the only thing I have added in here is capsicum, I have seen many cooks in Bangalore add to make this rice.

The next change in this recipe is instead of using normal long gran rice, I used basmati rice. So, the grains look separated.

Shravana Masa starts tomorrow, so we need many dishes which don’t include things which we are not supposed to eat. So, here comes this quick and easy rice recipe.


  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 capsicum chopped length wise
  • 4 green chillies slit length wise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3-4 springs coriander leaves
  • 1 inch ginger finely grated
  • 5-6 tsp freshly grated coconut
  • 3 tsp oil, mustard seeds, urad dal. channa dal, haldi, pinch of hing,
  • Salt to taste, lemon juice to taste.


  1. Cook the rice in your rice cooker or pressure cooker. Spread it on a plate and separate the grains.
  2. In a pan, heat oil. Than add mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, hing and haldi. Let the dals roast for a minute.
  3. Next, add green chillies, curry leaves and fry for a few minutes.
  4. Microwave your capsicum for 2 minutes. Let it still have a little bit of crunch in it.
  5. Add this along with the ginger to the pan and fry for a few more minutes.
  6. Now add the rice and gently mix all the ingredients. Add salt as well.
  7. Next, add the coconut, and coriander leaves. Let the heat be very low.
  8. Turn off the gas and add lemon juice and serve.

Another look at Madwa Style Chitranna.

Madwa Style Lemon Rice

Madwa Style Lemon Rice

Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane – August 25th – 27th 2010

25th August 2010 – Wednesday- Shri Raghavendra Swamy Purvaradhana
26th August 2010 – Thursday – Shri Raghavendra Swamy Madhyaradhana
27th August 2010 – Friday – Shri Raghavendra Swamy Uttararadhana

4th-T-Block Rayara matta

4th-T-Block Rayara matta

This year Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aaradhane is on 25th, 26th and 27th August 2010 and is celebrated all across India, and many other countries in Rayara Matta’s and also many households. My parents do Rayara Seva every year during Aaradhane, and I being a strong devotee as well of Rayaru do it myself; no matter where I am in the world. I did it when I was in India, Dubai and continue doing here as well in the USA. So, if you are a devotee, than try doing as much or as little as possible to this great Guru of ours and get his blessings.

If you need to know how to do Seva, here is a link from the Mantralaya web site about who and how the seva should be performed. Read the link here:

In paragraph 10, it clearly states other ways of offering seva to Rayarau as such:

10.Are there other ways of performing Seva to Rayaru?

Yes. As stated before, if one is sincere and devoted to Hari, Vayu and Rayaru, there are many ways of performing Seva to Rayaru. The following section lists some of the main ones:

a) Sitting in one place and reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times.

b) Hejje namaskara (going around the Brindavana advancing one foot at a time and performing namaskara for each stride)

c) Urulu Seva – rolling on the body and going around the brindavana. This is forbidden for women.

d) Reciting Sri Raghavendra stotra 108 times while performing abhisheka for Rayara Brindavana with cow’s milk.

e) Going through religious works composed by great gyaanis; some of the popular ones are Sudha, Parimala, Sri Madhva Vijaya,Sri Raghavendra Vijaya etc.

In all of the above cases, the main ingredient is sincerity, pure heart and intense devotion.

I have added several lyrics on Shri Raghavendra Swamy in this blog, you can look for those at the lyrics page, or click on the Shri Raghavendra Swamy categories section and you will be listed with several songs. There are several songs as well on the audio on youtube page.

Late Shri Mantralaya Swamigalu doing pooje can be watched here at youtube

Arathi being done to Shri Raghavendra Swamy brindavana at Mantralaya can be watched here

Listen to Sri Raghavendra Stotra here at youtube

You can also listen to all the songs recorded ever on Sri Raghavendra Swamy ever at

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