Citron (Citrus medica) is a species of citrus fruit. We can also call it as a variety of lemon. The difference is lemon has thin rind whereas citron has a thick rind. The sour taste of the juice also slightly varies lemon is little milder sour when compared to citron/Narthangai. It is said to be the traditional variety to be used with amazing health benefits when compared to lemon. Usually I dont like citron taste so I prefer lemon, but after marriage my mom used to bring so much of fruits from our field and will store in my fridge. No way I have to use it off (as I generally don’t waste food stuffs). My husband started liking it more than lemon,as days passed the taste seems to be quite better than lemon and now I love it :-) As a mom, with health concern I started carrying the fruit regularly. Big story for a small fruit.Thanks for reading… Lets move on for recipe :-)


Ingredients :

Cooked Rice – 2 cup

Citron/ Narthangai – 1

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt -2 tsp

Coriander leaves – 1 tsp

For Seasoning:

Cashews – 4-5

Mustard – 1/4 tsp

Channa dal/gram dal – 1 tsp

Split urad dal – 1/2 tsp

Chillies (green& red ) – 3-4

Curry leaves – few


Method of Preparation:

  1. Extract juice from citron fruit without seeds
  2. Add salt and turmeric powder to that juice.
  3. Pour over the rice and mix well. Keep aside
  4. Heat oil and fry cashews+ mustard and all ingredients given under seasoning.
  5. Add in to the rice.
  6. Now heat the pan containing rice in low flame to get an even finish.

Step wise picture of Citron Rice :

IMG_43911. Cut the citron and squeeze the juice out

IMG_43922. Add in turmeric powder, salt and mix well

IMG_43933. Pour over the rice

IMG_43954. Mix well evenly and keep aside

IMG_44015. Heat oil in a pan and fry cashews until golden brown

IMG_44036. Add mustard,channa dal, urad dal, chillies, sliced onion, curry leaves

IMG_44047. Add the seasoning into the rice

IMG_44068. Now heat the pan containing rice after adding the seasoning/tadka mix

IMG_44079. Add chopped coriander leaves and a tbsp of ghee

IMG_441010. Mix gently and once the rice is hot put off the flame

IMG_441511. Transfer to a serving plate


  • Squeezing of lemon would be quite easy when compared to citron fruit. So use can use a juice extractor.
  • Also squeezing by hand will make the juice little bitter, so take care that water content in the outer layer not to mix much with the juice.
  • Adding a tsp/tbsp of ghee as per your requirement gives a vibrant taste to the rice.
  • Also using of groundnut oil for variety rice will give a fine texture to the recipe




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