Thursday, November 21, 2013

Capsicum-Goose Berry Chitranna

Capsicum Contain vitamin A, which is good for eyes and helps to prevent eye diseases. Eating capsicum helps in keeping the skin clear and prevents rashes and pimples.  Eating capsicum speeds up the metabolism and helps to burn more calories. Capsicum prevents indigestion, works as a cardiovascular stimulant, regulates the blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. Capsicum helps to prevent the blood clotting. Capsicum believed to prevent cancer and it is an antioxidant property.
Goose berry has many good qualities like, drinking goose berry juice is good for improving eye sight, It is also a good hair tonic, it helps to reduce the blood sugar in diabetic patients and keep their body balanced and healthy. They are rich in antioxidants , improve gastrointestinal health and lower the blood cholesterol and has lots of cosmetic benifits.
I have used capsicum and gooseberry to prepare Chitranna and it is a rice item. Chitranna is normally served in the beginning of the feast or festival. We can have this Capsicum- goose berry chitranna for breakfast, lunch, or as evening snack and even dinner too. This Chitranna will be liked by all age group I am sure.

Things needed :
 Capsicum : 2 to 3
Gooseberry : 5 to 6
Cooked rice : 2 cups
Green chilly : 3 to 4
Curry leaves : 2 Table spoons ( about 10 leaves )
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons
Oil : 2 Table spoons
Ghee : 2 Table spoons
Mustard seeds : 1 Tea spoon
Urd dal : 1 Tea spoon
Salt : to taste
Ginger : 1 Tea spoon (grated)
Coconut : 1 Cup
Lemon : 1/2 rind

Method :
1. Wash and cook rice and keep it aside to cool.
2. Cut capsicums , green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Grate goose berry, coconut and ginger and keep it aside.
3. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and mustard seeds and urd dal. Let the mustard seeds spurt. Add curry leaves and cut green chilly.
Fry them nicely.
4. Add capsicum and fry till they are soft. Add grated ginger.
5. Add cooked and cooled rice and mix it nicely. Add turmeric and salt. Mix the mixture nicely but slowly. Add ghee to chitranna.
6. Add coconut and lemon juice and mix it again. Now add coriander leaves and grated goose berry and mix it nicely.
7. Put the ready chitranna in a big serving bowl.
8. Serve Hot Nellikai - Capsicum with a cup of curd.

Note : Do not over cook rice. You can also use cashew nuts or ground nuts. Add them when the mustard spurt and fry them. You can also add onions to chitranna. ( fry them separately and then add it) but the taste differ. Do not cook gooseberry using raw is well benifited than cooking them.
Serves :4 to 5
Time : 20 Minutes. ( with already cooked rice).

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