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Citron Rice / Narthangai Sadam / Dabbakaya Rice

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One of our relatives of my chithi has citron tree at her backyard and sweet enough to send some citrons when my chithi visit her everytime. As you all know my family loves pickles and we often prepare home made pickles. So it would be a pickle time when we have citrons at home. Couple of months before, she sent some good quantity of citrons in a large plastic bag to my chithi. The moment she came home, the plastic bag torn due to over weight and all the citrons were spilled over.  My self and her gather all the citrons and didn’t notice the one which was under the sofa.  We quartered all the citrons, added salt and kept aside for making pickle.

The very next day, my cousins were playing around and they found a citron which was hiding under the sofa. They came over and gave me the found one which I used to make this rice. The preparation is as same as the lemon rice and there was slight change in taste. But the flavor was very good which make our tummy hungry for sure. Try it out !!!

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


For Rice:

Cooked Rice –  3 cups

Gingelly oil / Sesame Oil – 1 tablespoon

Narthangai / Citron – 1 no. (yielded little less than 1/4 cup)

Turmeric powder – a generous pinch

Salt – to taste

For Seasoning:

Gingelly oil / Sesame oil – 1 tablespoon

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Channa dal – 3/4 tablespoon

Asafoetida – a big pinch

Green chilli – 2 nos., slit

Dry red chilli – 2 nos.,


1) Spread the cooked rice in a wide plate. Drizzle some gingelly oil and fluff it using fork or just pat the plate to separate the rice grains.

2) Squeeze out the juice from citron in a small bowl. Add turmeric and salt. Mix it using spoon and set aside.

3) Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Throw mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal to it.

4) After both the added ingredients are spluttered, add asafoetida, dry red chilli, green chilli and curry leaves.Stir.

5) After a minute, add cooked rice in simmer flame. Now, add the citron juice to it.Mix well without any lumps and till the raw smell of turmeric goes off.

6) Mix well and serve hot.


1) You can use either of both freshly cooked rice or left over rice.

2) Do not over-squeeze the citron which gives bitter taste from its skin.

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such a quick preparratin and suitable for early morning jiffy cooking! lovely pics asusual


so tasty and refreshing rice


yummy one

nandoos kitchen

nice way to use narthangai. As you said we also make pickle with it.. Your rice version looks very nice and yumm..

Hari Chandana

I love this rice.. looks delicious!!


such a delightful posts with such appealing pics, brought back memories from my mothers kitchen, had almost forgotten this one, nice tasty recipe.

Priya Suresh

I want a bowl of this rice rite now with some papads, love this rice.


Hey! This looks and sounds great! I've always known Narthangai as that little black dried thing used to eat along side curd rice! Would love to try this out..