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Thampeta/Orange Burn

Thampeta (తంపెట), I really don't know how the name came. Those who can read Telugu can read the word given in the brackets. Others pronounce it first 'th' should be like 'Th' in 'theme', 'am' should be like 'um' in 'jump' or 'umbrella', 'pe' should be like in 'pen', and final 'ta' should be like in 'TOUGH', TURBINE

Now about the fruit. These Citron/Oranges are available during this winter season only. We get them in Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh state in India. Rather I have seen them only in those parts. The fruit is called as citron/orange/Narinja in Telugu, it is very sour in taste. No, it is not sweet orange. The skin is thick unlike sweet orange and lemon and the skin is green in colour like any other unripen fruit and with lot of wrinkles or crease on it. Once the fruit ripens the taste will be sour and the skin will be yellow in colour. Inside the fruit it is like any other citrus fruit. The fruit looks like a large lemon. 
Now it is time to give the recipe. This recipe needs very less ingredients. And also it takes very less time to make. It goes very well with piping hot, steamed rice. One person can take half of the fruit. 
I am giving all the photos of the procedure. 


Orange / Narinja Kaya - 1
Salt - 2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 2tsp
Cumin Seeds -1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp


Cut the fruit as shown in the picture.
Mix well salt, chilli powder and cumin seeds in a bowl.
Add little oil, so that salt and chilli powder mix well. 
Apply this salt and chilli powder mixture on the top of the fruit. 
Put the fruit on the stove directly. Burn it in the low flame. Burn it till the flesh is cooked or burn it for 5 to 7 minutes.
Very Simple yet tasty Thampeta is ready.  
Serve it with hot rice. 
Take out the top layered salt, chilli mixture and mix it with rice. And squeeze the juice of the cooked fruit into rice and mix well. While mixing we get the seeds, remove them and mix well.


  1. As I am trying it out for the first time, I didnt know if it is completely cooked or not. approximately, how long should it be cooked on low flame?

  2. It is better to eat directly applying salt and red chilli powder..


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