Rajapalayam Dhabbakaya Pickle

Traditional Community Based Geographical Origin Pickles

Pickles made by families continuing their community culinary heritage since generations. Made with fresh local produce and quality ingredients, they are all handmade, homemade and hygienically bottled by families following their traditional and authentic recipes No added preservatives, colours, flavours or taste enhancers.

Rajapalayam Dhabbakaya Citron pickle is popular among the traditional Telugu-speaking Raju families of Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu. This Pickle is part of the Traditional Community Based Geographical Origin Pickle offerings from Panakam-Tradition in a Bottle. Dhabbakaya, the Telugu name of Citron, is called Kadalangai in Tamil, Bada Nimbu or Bijora in Hindi/Gujarati, and Matulunga in Sanskrit.

Dhabbakaya/citron is an old and original species of the citrus family found wild in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats of South India. Rich in Vitamin C and fruit acids, citron has a unique bitter taste and is used in Ayurveda to treat various ailments.

This naturally pure, authentic and healthy pickle has a fine balance of spices, salt, sweet and acidity.


Dhabbakaya / Citron, Cold Pressed Gingelly Oil, Red Chilly, Jaggery, Mustard, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Asafoetida, Salt, Condiments and a lot of sunshine
Contains no added preservatives, taste enhancers, colours or flavours.
No Vinegar or Acetic Acid used in any of our pickles.

12 months from the date of packaging under ideal storage conditions.

Nutritional Facts per 10g of Serving Size
Energy – 27.92 Kcal
Carbohydrates – 2.22g
Protein – 0.11g
Fat – 2.06g
Sodium – 0.42g
Note: Consume Pickles in moderation

Usage Instructions:
This Dhabbakaya / Citron pickle goes well with a diverse range of cuisines – Have it with any South Indian rice or tiffin items like Idly, Dosa, Upma etc; with Paratha, Chapathi & other North Indian Breads. Excellent with some cool South Indian Traditional curd rice!

Storage & Precautions:
Please Refrigerate this pickle at all times – both before and after opening the Jar/Bottle. This is a difficult pickle to process as we do not use any sort of preservatives. It needs compulsory Refrigeration.

Always use a clean and completely dry spoon. Consume pickles in moderation.

Present Availability – Limited Stock
This Pickle will be available between the months of August and February depending on the availability of Fresh Citron.

Shipment Time:
2-3 days for dispatch from the date of Order Confirmation subject to stock availability. We have
partnered with a reputed logistics partner and we deliver across India to all metros and certain non-metro cities as well.

Packaging & Shipping Cost:
We use only Glass Jars/Bottles for most of our products. The products are carefully packed for safe delivery and the packaging charge is included in the total cost of the product.

The Cost of the Product is exclusive of Shipping Charges. Shipping Charges will be automatically calculated according to the total weight of the order and shown during Checkout.

Delivery Time:
4-7 days for delivery to Metro cities and 7-15 working days for Non-Metro destinations.Delivery by Road.

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Family behind this Pickle experience:

This traditional pickle has been especially handmade by Chinmaya Arjun Raja and his mother Prabavathi Arjun Raja of Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu, and is inspired by a recipe that has been with the family for six generations.   For more information on the family food artisans please read the FAMILY MADE page.


History of this product experience:
Rajapalayam Rajus migrated to the Madurai region and then Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu from the present-day Andhra and Karnataka regions during the reign of Sri Krishna Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1500 AD. This pickle follows a recipe that has been with the Arjun Raja family in Rajapalayam since a few decades.