Category Archives: Pachadi’s

Kadarangai Ellu Pachadi (Citron Sesame Pachadi )

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 )

To Season

Gingelly oil – 4 tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Jeera ( cumin n seeds )

To Garnish

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.

Chef’s Tips

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.