Kanchikai (also known as Heralekai in Kannada, Nartanga in Hindi, Nartangai in Tamil, Citron Lime) is like a cross between sweet lime and lemon. It is almost as big as a sweet lime with a rough, dark green outer layer.
The botanical name Citrus Medica is indicative of its health benefits: its juice is highly recommended for high blood pressure, it contains potassium which aids in improving heart health, as a blood purifier – cleansing and purifying the liver, and aids in weight loss.
Citron pickle is a tangy / sour pickle with lots of medicinal value, aids digestion and removes the bitterness in the tongue.
Kanchikai pickle, is a popular dish prepared by pickling the citron lime. It takes immense patience and time for it to come out just right. Adding a generous serving of kanchikai pickle makes even the most bland food come alive with taste and favor. Kanchikai pickle can be a good accompaniment for breakfast, lunch and dinner.