Kadarangai Ellu Pachadi
Kadarangai or Citron or Wild Lemon belongs to the Lemon family. Kadarangai has lots of medicinal properties. It works as a Liver Cleanser. High inVitaminC, Calcium and Magnesium. My next door Aunty gave me some citron, I decided to prepare a Pachadi. The taste was tangy, refreshing and had a good aroma. Goes well with curd rice, roti, puri, mixed rice varieties, rasam rice and sambar rice.
Washed, wiped and chopped ( de – seeded and chopped ) citron- 1 big one( Remove the seeds or else the Pachadi will become bitter )
Turmeric powder – 3/4 teaspoon
Grated jaggery – 1 and 1/2 cups
Sugar – 3 tablespoons
Water – 1 cup
Tamarind paste – 1 Peanut size ( mixed in 1 cup of water )
Dry Roast And Powder Finely
Raw rice – 1 tablespoon
White Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
Dry red Kashmiri chillies – 6
Fenugreek seeds ( methi seeds ) – 6
( Dry roast the above mentioned ingredients to a golden colour and powder finely )
Gingelly oil – 4 tablespoons
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Jeera ( cumin n seeds )
Finely chopped curry leaves- little
Wheat Rava Upma and Kadarangai Ellu Pachadi
Heat a big wide – mouthed pan. Season. Add the chopped Citron pieces. Sauté on sim flame for 2 minutes. Add the tamarind paste mixed in 1 cup of water. Add the salt to taste, jaggery, turmeric powder and sugar. Cook it on medium flame for 5 minutes. Add the powdered spices. Mix well. Simmer for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. Serve.
1) Do not chop the Citron to small pieces. It will become mushy.
2) Store this Pachadi in the fridge. It will keep good for 3 to 4 days.
3) I have used sugar also. The sugar will give a sheen to the Pachadi.
4) Do not add too much tamarind. The taste will be too , too tangy.