Lemon Pickle

Lemon Pickle

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Oh, how versatile the humble lemon is, lending itself as beautifully to pickling candying, seasoning as to a variety of other uses.

Interestingly, most restaurants down South serve Lemon Pickle along with the 'meals', as the lemon is easy to procure and pickle, as well as liked by almost everybody.

This accompaniment of spicy and sour Lemon Pickle recipe is quick and easy to make, and is sure to tickle your taste buds. It adds an extra burst of taste to your meal as well as helps to enliven a boring meal.

Homemade Lemon Pickle goes well with rotis, parathas, rice dishes, especially curd rice, in fact you can also enjoy it with Batata Poha , Sevaiyan Upma, Upma, Pav, Masala Omelette, Idli, dosa and Uttapa.

Also do try other South Indian pickles like Madras Onion Pickle Drumstick Pickle or Mango Pickle.

Lemon Pickle recipe - How to make Lemon Pickle

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 1 cup
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  1. Combine the fenugreek seeds and asafoetida in a small non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 minutes , while stirring continuously.
  2. Transfer to a plate and cool completely , once cooled blend in a mixer to a fine powder. Keep aside.
  3. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the lemons and boil on a medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain well.
  4. Cut the lemon into quarters. Keep aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the green chillies and ginger and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  7. Add the turmeric powder and chilli powder and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  8. Add the lemon pieces, salt, fenugreek-asafoetida mixture, mix well and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Cool it slightly, store in an air-tight container and use as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per tbsp
Energy45 cal
Protein1.3 g
Carbohydrates3.3 g
Fiber1.3 g
Fat2.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium277.9 mg
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Lemon Pickle
 on 29 Apr 19 05:13 AM

This recipe is excellent, if you like spicy, citrus pickles. It''s very easy, and doesn''t require fermenting the lemon rind. I had almost all the ingredients already on hand. Follow the recipe exactly, dry the lemons well after boiling, and you will likely be very pleased. I normally eat store bought pickle (Patak''s or sometimes other brands), and this was much nice than any store bought I have eaten.
Tarla Dalal
29 Apr 19 08:48 AM
   Hi Tim, Glad you liked the recipe!Do try out more recipes and share your experience with us.Happy cooking!
Lemon Pickle
 on 30 Sep 18 07:48 PM

at what point do we use the sesame seeds? how much of oil do we use? which oil? seems like this is an incomplete recipe
Tarla Dalal
01 Oct 18 09:12 AM
   Hi Dinnah, Extremely sorry for the inconvenience. It is 3/4 cup oil instead of sesame seeds. We have not used til in this recipe. Do try the recipe and share with us your feedback.
Lemon Pickle
 on 06 Jun 18 05:23 PM

How long it can be stored?
Tarla Dalal
07 Jun 18 02:44 PM
   Hi Saima, It can be stored for a month.
Lemon Pickle
 on 16 May 18 09:08 AM

i tried this and it turned out great. The first batch turned bad because a little water went in by mistake, but after following the exact recipe, it turned out perfect.
Lemon Pickle
 on 14 May 18 08:42 PM

it was awful.. the pickle tasted bitter and was spoilt the next day
Tarla Dalal
15 May 18 09:19 AM
   Hi Ashwini, The taste will highly depend upon the quality of the lemon. Also, make sure there is not even one drop of water after draining, it will spoil the pickle.
Lemon Pickle ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 30 Apr 18 10:56 AM

In the ingredients list u don’t mention oil but use it in method while u mention sesame seeds in ingredients but don’t tell where to use
Tarla Dalal
15 May 18 09:06 AM
   Hi Ruchi, There was an error in this recipe. We have rectified it. Do try our recipe and give us your feedback. Thank you. Happy cooking!!
लेमन पिकल
 on 19 Dec 16 04:35 PM

Thad ke season me meine aur meri family ne Aloo paratho ke saath mast luft uthaya.
Lemon Pickle ( South Indian Recipes )
 on 29 Jul 16 09:03 AM

Wow.. this south indian pickle.. is just perfect in taste.. it spicy.. and goes well with plain dal and rice.. just loved the recipe..