Narthanga Ogare | Sadam Hiralehannu Chitraanna

Narthanga Ogare / Hiralehannu Chitraanna (In Narthanga is a tamil word and Hiralehannu is a kannada word. It’s a type of citric fruit in English it is called Citron ( It is very sour and it is used for citron (narthanga) pickle. The citron juice is used for ogare (Spiced Rice).


  • Rice - 2 cups (Cooked) ( i've used sona masoori)
  • Curry leaves - 1 stalk
  • Cashews - 6 to 10
  • Naarthangai / Citron juice (2 no)
  • Kobri (Dry Coconut) - 1/4 cup
Tempering : 
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida/ hing - 1/2 tsp
  • Uddhina bele - 1/2 tsp
Ingredients for Dry Powder
  • 1/2 cup Black Gram / Uddhina bele / Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper / Menasu / Kali Mirch
  • 1/2 tsp split chickpeas / Kadale bele / Chana dal
  • 4 to 5 Red Chillies / Byadagi Kempu mensinakai / Mirchi
Method for Dry Powder
  • Fry all the ingredients and make a smooth powder. Keep aside
  • Take a pan add homemade ghee (Desi ghee) 1/4 cup on a low heat
  • Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, uddhina bele 1/2 tsp, cashews pieces fry till golden color, Add curry leaves.  
  • Add cooked rice, dry powder, Salt and kobri (dry coconut)
  • Then add naarthanga juice mix well and serve hot

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Sumi said...

I love this fruit. mom makes an excellent pickle with for dgestion too.this rice recipe is very new to me

Dori said...

I bet that rice smells amazing! Looks lovely :)

Unknown said...

Its been years since I tasted hiralehannu. Looks so tasty Mala.

Tina said...

Never tried this....looks yummyyy...

Simplyfood said...

Very interesting I have never heard of this fruit but am going to google it.Recepie looks great.

Cham said...

Never tasted such a rice- but love the narthangai pickle!

Indhu said...

this recipe is new to me... love the pickle... if only I can get my hands on naarthanga :)

jayasree said...

Never knew about making rice with narthanga. I usually pickle them in salt and later dry and preserve.

The rice sounds delicious.