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Friday, December 13, 2013

I wanted to try this when  I was in chennai itself,, but could not find time. So yesterday when inlwas came, they got this Narthangai (in tamil) and I made this today itself to post it. I used to hate this one like anything when I was a kid. I will run miles away when I smell this. But now a days I am loving it. I hope vj would also like it. When I was cutting this, the whole house was fillied with fresh scent of this.  This smell is so so appetising. I am sure it has many medicinal values too. I know normally we make a dry pickle that will be dark in colour  and just coated with salt. I should try making that one later.
Today I asked the recipe and followed my MIL’s instructions and finally I made it  and had narthangai pachadi. Its easy to make, I never expected that it will be an easy process. I loved it a lot.

Narthangai Pachadi recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch/ Pickles
Prep Time: 5 mins    |  Cook time: 25 mins    Makes: 2 cups


Narthangai / citron - 4

Tamarind - A small orange sized

Green chillies - 20

Chopped ginger - 1 tblsp

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Asaoetida - 3 generous pinches.

Jaggery - 1 tblsp

Salt - As needed

To temper

Oil - 3 tblsp

Mustard - 1 & 1/4 tsp

Channa dal - 3 tblsp

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida - 1 generous pinch


  1. Cut the citron and remove the seeds and chop into tiny pieces. My mom cuts into strips but MIL into tiny pieces. So its up to your choice when it comes to size.cut
  2. Soak tamarind in hot water and extract the juice. Make it 3 & 1/2 cups by adding more water. Add the chopped citron, salt, turmeric and boil it in medium flame.2-pachadi
  3. Temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table, followed by ginger and green chilli and transfer it to the boiling pachadi.3-boil
  4. Once it reduce to half, add jaggery and mix well, switch off the flame and store in a closed container once cooled down.4-reduce


    • You can store this outside fridge for 2 days but have to reheat well every night. Otherwise you can store in fridge for 1 month.
    • Balance the tamarind, chillies and salt, jaggery to reduce the bitterness of this lemon.

Serve with curd rice, the best. It is good for inducing hunger. The flavor itself will be very appetizing.

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  1. We make a similar one with orange peel. Lovrly presentation. Best combo with vathakuzhambhu

  2. My Grand ma use to prepare, Even i wont like this , But i like it as a pickle. (narthangai oorukai the black one as u mentioned)

  3. We have this with dosa and it also tastes good when mixed with rice.Simply tangy.

  4. this looks the one similar to my great grand ma dish with Narathangai.. It used to be one of my fav.. but after coming to SG it has become rare item

  5. So tempting .. Yumm with curd rice

  6. My Grandma makes only pickle with it, this pachadi sounds interesting and new to me...nice presentation :)

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  8. Looks very tempting………………… Perfect clicks as usual. Thanks for sharing. It will go with anything, sambar satham, rasam satham, thayir satham, arisi uppma……. Yummmmmm. My all time favorite Raji. We used to add fenugreek seeds instead of channa dal. Otherwise, procedure looks very similar. Here in US, I used to make sour oranges pachadi following the same procedure. Do try this too Raji.

  9. looks wonderful lovely pictures

  10. this is truly an enticing recipe Raji my MIL makes this and i have had the fortune to eat it only once. We never get narthankai here but this and a bowl of curd rice can make me go gaga

  11. Very yummy pachadi indeed and they are healthy too. Do we get Narthangai here in Singapore? I read your post that your inlaws bought them.

  12. I like this website but Indian food is very spice and testy like palak paneer, matar paneer it's very testy. If you want this test so go for Indian food in Australia .

  13. I am going to make this with orange peel today. You have not mentioned when to add the 3 generous pinches of asafoetida. Should we add that along with salt and turmeric or should it be added to tempering? Kindly clarify. Thanks so much.

    1. You can add it while tempering. If you like raw asafoetida smell, then half while tempering and half along turmeric

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