TONGUE TICKLING CITRON PICKLE/NARATHANKAI PICKLE

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This Citron pickle is an excellent appetite stimulant.

Ingredients:

Citron Fruits 400 gms
Salt (Tata Salt) 200 gms
Dried Red chilly  25 gms
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
Water 150 ml to mix the chilly paste
Sesame oil 150 gms
Fennel powder 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Whole Urad Dal 1 tbsp
Curry leaves 20-25 pcs
Turmeric 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida/Hing 1/2 tsp

Procedure:

Wash the Citron fruits and cut longitudinally
Chop them into chunks
In a dry jar, add a portion of salt. Then, add a portion of chunks.
Again salt and chunks.
The final addition of the remaining salt on the top 
Cover it tightly.
Shake well so that the chunks are being well coated with the salt.
Let the chunks sundried from 9 a.m to 4 p.m daily for five days.
Now the seasoning starts:
Mix the dried red chilly powder, fenugreek powder and mix well.
Add water 150 ml and make a thin paste.
Set ready.

Heat the oil in a dry pan on a medium heat.
Add mustard seeds to crackle.
Once crackling starts, turn off the heat.
The heat of the pan is sufficient to fry all the remaining items to avoid the burning.
Add curry leaves.
Add asafoetida/hing.
Now transfer the red chilly contents.
Stir well.
Now turn on the heat.
Let it boil and bubble on medium heat.
Occasional stirs to be done.
Add fennel powder at this stage.
Transfer the chunks with the salt contents.
Stir again to blend all the ingredients together.
Let the boiling and bubbling continued further.
Until the chunks cooked soft and sesame oil with the whiteness of salt separates.
Observe the oil on the top of the pickle.
The oil and the salt are the preservatives in this pickle.
Set aside until cool down.
Store the pickles in a dry jar and refrigerate for long shelf life.
Use always the dry spoon to take the pickle out.


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