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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NAARTHANGAI OORUGAI (DRY) / NAARTHANGAI SALT PICKLE

Some say it as citron, not sure about the english name though. This is a salty, dry pickle and can be preserved for even 2 years. When stored for years the colour becomes black, yet EDIBLE. This pickle is given to women during their postpartum period. This pickle is an accompaniment with milk rice (paal saadham) given to convalescent people. Best home remedy for common cold, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, stomach upset, and travel sickness.

There are two ways of cutting narthangai. One way is to cut spirally, called "SuruL narthangai oorugai" and the other is to cut into pieces. This is called uppu narthangai oorugai.


INGREDIENTS:

Narthangai - 15
Sea salt - see the method for ratio.
Turmeric powder - 2 tsps.

METHOD :

SALT RATIO : Cut pieces - 8 measures : Salt - 1 measure.

Wash the narthangais well and pat it dry. Cut spirally as shown in the picture. Stuff with salt. (OR)
If cut into easy-bite pieces.....Take a clean bowl, spread a layer of cut narthangais, and then a layer of salt and turmeric powder. Repeat the procedure.

Mix well and close tightly with a lid. Mix well daily using a dry spatula for 5 days. After 5 days, the salt will be absorbed and the pickle will become soft.

Spread in a clean plastic sheet and sun dry till hard and store in airtight containers.

35 comments :

  1. I love this pickle with curd rice.Useful recipe.Liked the idea of cutting this pickle spirally and stuffing with salt.Fab.

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  2. This is a favorite at home. My mom makes a liquid type pickle with methi powder added to it. Loved the way it is cut spirally and stuffed. Seeing that for the first time.

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  3. perfect with curd n hot rice...

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  4. அம்மா செய்வாங்க...சூப்பராக இருக்கின்றது...

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  5. My mom too have this in stock always,when ever i feel indigestion or any stomach upset, we used to take this,we cut to strips and dont add turmeric too..

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  6. Useful post..love lemon pickle.

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  7. my mom and mil both makes this very nice.Nice explanatory pictures and my daughter loves this with curd rice

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  8. Very nice pickle...love it with rice...nice explanation..


    FunWidFud

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  9. Thank you for this post. Lemon pickle always top my list of favs..

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  10. Omg, have seen my grandmas preparing every summer this oorugais, missing it...Fabulous pickle..

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  11. Lemon pickle looks super tangy and yummy.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  12. They are my favourite...
    I can have them daily with curd rice!!!

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  13. I just love this traditional recipes

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  14. Love lemon pickles.My grandma usually makes me this but now she is old.Thanks for the recipe now i can make my own.

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  15. lipsmacking oorugai. This reminds me of my childhood. My athai used to feed me rasam sadam with narhangai urugai.. I love the combo..

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  16. I love to have this with curd rice... Lovely blog and yummy recipe... Happy to follow...

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  17. I used to make this when we were living in coorg....now u have stirred those nostalgic days...nice explanation...

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  18. Beautifully explained, Yum perfect with rice and papad:)

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  19. Love this pickle. It aids in digestion as well

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  20. Superb yummy pickles for curd rice. I like Naarthangai. I dont think I can get in Singapore.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  21. Thayir sadham and uppu narthangai- best comfort food ever! nice post akka!

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  22. I can just c this pickle and have a plate of curd rice, love this so much.. :)

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  23. It is citron!!! And i love this dried form, any time you feel a nausea pop a piece in the mouth and keep sucking the juice....just have to be enjoyed!

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  24. HI,

    Thanks for stoppoing at my blog and passing your lovely comment.

    Wow!!!remembers good old days...thanks for sharing.

    When i was pregnant one of my aunt got this a bottle, gave me. Whenever i feel nausea i use to take one piece....

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  25. Never had this before Shanti didi. Still winter here, perhaps in summer I will try it out.

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  26. Love Narathanghai in all forms, lucky you, I don't get it here, I bring it from mom when I visit her!

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  27. Aha! Narthangai dry urga is my husband's hot fovourite. He loves to have this always with thair sadam.Thanks for sharing ur narthanga recipe.

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  28. Parkave vaai urudhu... informative post. Thanks for sharing this.

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  29. I've always wanted to know how to make this. Thanks Maami! I have to go look for this citron fruit now.

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  30. What is narthangai called in hindi? Do we get in all the seasons? From where shud we buy it?

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  31. How to rectify when salt measure is more in உப்பு நார்த்தங்காய்?

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  32. How to rectify if salt content is more in உப்பு நார்த்தங்காய்?

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  33. Liked it.Can you suggest to dry the pickle after 5days on plastic sheet or on steel thambalam?

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