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South Indian Lime Pickle Recipe

Lime Pickle

Lime Pickle

Lime Pickle

Lime pickle:Lime pickle is one of the very popular pickle in India. It comes next only to mango pickle in popularity. Personally I like lime pickle more than mango pickle. The specialty of Indian pickle is that they don’t spoil and can be used even months and years after they have been made provided they are kept in tight jars so there is no fungus growth. Lime pickle is found in nearly every Indian home. It is easy and cheap to make and makes food delicious. It can be made sweet or sour as your taste buds desire.


Makes about 250 grams or ¼ kg.

1. Lemons: 12 halved and deseeded.

2. Salt: 115 grams or about 4 Oz.

3. Red chili powder : 70 grams / 2 ½ Oz

4. Mustard powder : 25 grams / 1 Oz

5. Ground fenugreek : 25 grams / 1 Oz

6. Mustard oil: 300ml /10 fl oz.

7. Turmeric: 1 Tsp grounded

8. Yellow mustard seeds : 15 grams/ ½ oz

9. Asafoetida : ½ Tsp


1. Take a sterilized jar with tight lid.

2. Now cut each half of the lemon in to 4 equal parts.

3. Put them in the jar and sprinkle salt over them.

4. Cover with airtight lid and leave them in a warm place/sun for about 2 weeks.

5. By this time the lemon would have turned to brown colour from yellow.

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6. Now mix chili powder, mustard powder, fenugreek and turmeric powder together in a small bowl.

7. Now add this powder to the jar of lemon

8. Mix it well with the lemons.

9. Cover lid and leave it in sun for 2 days.

10. Heat the mustard oil in a heavy base frying pan.

11. Add asafetida and mustard seeds in to the oil.

12. Put it on high heat

13. Heat till oil is very hot and is about to smoke.

14. Take the lemons from jar to a glass bowl and pour hot oil on to lemons.

15. Mix well.

16. Cover it and leave it to cool.

17. When cool put it in a sterilized jar with tight lid and keep it in a sunny place for a week.

18. Lemon pickle is ready serving it as taste additive to make food tastier.

19. Can be eaten with any food.

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Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on February 16, 2014:

Thanks Au fait and rebeccamealey for the comments and sharing. it is a side dish usually eaten with Roti and it does help enhance over all taste of the meal.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 16, 2014:

Never had them, lime pickles sound like a delicacy. Thanks for sharing, votes up!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 16, 2014:

This sounds very interesting. I've never heard of pickling lemons before. Or limes. Voted up and interesting, pinned to my 'Delicious Side Dishes' board on Pinterest, gave you 5 more stars, and will share.

Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on September 30, 2013:

Thanks Rajan

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 29, 2013:

I love lime pickle. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on February 21, 2013:

Thanks Marissa

Marissa Buhalog on February 20, 2013:

I used pickles in some of my meals, unfortunately i dont know how to prepare i just buy preserves pickles .With your hub i will try to make for the first time,i find it easy to prepare with the ingredients available here .

Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on December 10, 2012:

Thanks sgbrown.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 10, 2012:

This sounds very tasty! I have never heard of this before, but will have to give it a try! :)

Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on December 30, 2011:

Thanks ana and radhakrishnan for comments and yes it is easy to make and very tasty

radhakrishnan on December 29, 2011:

This is easy to prepare, so i will try this on Sunday.

Ana on December 25, 2011:

I dont like sour food that much yet this seems tasty!

Indian Chef (author) from New Delhi India on December 25, 2011:

Thanks dinkan for the comment and yes we Indians do store them in big jars.

dinkan53 from India on December 17, 2011:

I like lime pickle too. Actually my tooth is little bit sensitive and that is why I prefer lime. My grandmother still got two of those huge pickle jars specially for the storage of pickles. thanks for the recipe.

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