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Citron Gravy / bitter orange – Narthangai kuzhambhu


  • Citron – 1 nos (remove the skin and cut into pcs)
  • Green Chillies -6-8 nos (split into two)
  • Tamarind – 1 small size ( New tmrd lemon size)
  • Gingelly oil- 3 tbsp
  • Jaggery    –  small pc
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice flour paste – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder a pinch

Make dry powder

  • Fenugreek – ½ tsp
  • Hing  – ½ tsp

For Seasoning

  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry Leaves- 1 string
  • Red Chilly – 4 no (make it two pcs)

For Garnishing

  • Cilantro/ coriander-1 tbsp (finely chopped)


  1. In a Kadai, add Oil and the seasonings one by one allow it to splutter.
  2. Add the citron and green chillies and fry till raw smell is gone.
  3. Meanwhile make a thick paste of tamarind with water.
  4. Add half the tamarind paste, turmeric powder, salt and hing-fenugreek mixture.
  5. Close the kadai with the lid, wait till the gravy is cooked.
  6. Now add the balance tamarind mixture and rice flour paste to the gravy to make the gravy thicker. Now switch off the stove.

Serve hot and garnish with cilantro.


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