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by Jeyashris Kitchen
LEMON PICKLE RECIPE
       This is the first time i tried lemon pickle at home, though my mom is an expert in making different types of lemon pickles ,since my dad is a huge fan of lemon pickle. As  i am not a big fan of this lemon pickle i never tried on my own. I always make pickles with mangoes but after coming to Singapore i never made anything . When a reader asked me to post this lemon pickle i asked my mom for the recipe and the entire process of making lemon pickle took a month and now on to the recipe of lemon pickle .

INGREDIENTS:

LEMON( I used Indian lemon) 6 NO
RED CHILI 8-9 NO
TURMERIC POWDER 1/2 TSP
VENDAYAM(FENUGREEK SEEDS) 1/2 TBLSP
SESAME OIL 1/4 CUP + 3 TBLSP
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/2 TSP
SALT 1/2 TBLSP+ 2 TSP
ASAFOETIDA 1/2 TSP

PICKLE
METHOD:

  • Wash the lemons and pat dry them nicely in a kitchen towel.
  • Ensure that there should not be any moisture.

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  • Wash and clean a glass bottle and nicely dry this without even a drop of water.

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  • Cut the lemon into two and slightly squeeze out the juice. Do this very gently, else the pickle will become bitter.
  • This step is lessen the sourness of the pickle.
  • Gently remove the seeds with the help of a knife.
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  • Cut the lemon into small  size pieces.

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  • Immediately add salt and asafoetida and mix well.
  • In a pan dry roast the fenugreek seed till they become slightly brown.
  • Do not roast too much as this will make the pickle bitter.

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  • Dry roast the red chilies  in a pan.

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  • Grind the redchillis and fenugreek seeds together into a fine powder.

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  • Throw this onto the cut lemon and mix nicely using a dry spoon.
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  • In a pan heat the oil and throw in the mustard seeds.
  • Add this to the pickle and add turmeric powder and mix well.

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  • Transfer this to the glass bottle and cover this with a thin muslin cloth and tie this with the help of a rubber band.

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  • Keep this in sunlight for 3 –4 weeks ( inside the home where you get bright sunlight)
  • Every day with the help of a dry spoon mix the pickle nicely and close it.
  • No need to keep in the refrigerator.
  • After 4 weeks the skin of the lemon  will be soft and the lemon must have absorbed the spices.

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  • Now keep it in the fridge and enjoy with curd rice and love to have pickles with sambar rice too.

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Note:

  • In any step , ensure that there shouldn’t be any moisture and keep you hands always dry.
  • The containers you use should be dry and spoons too.
  • Always take care not to burn the vendayam and red chilis. This will make the pickle bitter.
  • sometimes my mom pressure cook the cut lemon pieces for a whistle but this will not have longer shelf life.
  • In this method, no need to keep it under the sunlight, just can be consumed immediately.
  • The oil will  be dried up , so after 4 weeks heat 2 tblsp of sesame oil and add to the pickle and mix well.

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56 comments

Prathibha April 24, 2012 - 4:42 pm

very delicious pickle…love it wid curd rice..

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Akila April 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Mouth watering pickles dear….

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Nithya April 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Super tangy pickle and I love the blue container you have used 🙂

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Sayantani April 24, 2012 - 5:03 pm

looks wonderful…love lemon pickle.

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Mahi April 24, 2012 - 5:13 pm

pickle looks yummy! I have never attempted making them at home! Happy with "Sakthi masala"pickles! 😉

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Shama Nagarajan April 24, 2012 - 5:28 pm

wow…tempting…dear.i too posted a pickle today

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Anu April 24, 2012 - 5:35 pm

mouth watering… pickle.

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Rasi April 24, 2012 - 5:39 pm

looks lovely… since we don't get the sunlight here.. use the pressure cooker method.. 🙂

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Nalini's Kitchen April 24, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Pickle looks yummy,love to have it curd rice…cute jar and nice presentation…

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Reshmi Mahesh April 24, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Tangy spicy pickle..yum..Love that blue bowl…

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Achu's Amma's Kitchen April 24, 2012 - 6:55 pm

mouthwatering tangy pickle awesome clicks

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Sushma Madhuchandra April 24, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Am waiting to make some pickle, but looks like it is going to be cold here for ever 🙁 Waiting for May-June. Will try this version of pickle then 🙂

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Shobha April 24, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Very nice pickle.. but we do not have enough sunlight here now..I guess it will not stay good.

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R April 24, 2012 - 10:18 pm

looks so tangy and delicious.

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Rinku Naveen April 24, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Yummy pickle. Tempting! This is on my to try list 🙂

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ANU April 25, 2012 - 1:02 am

my mouth is already watering..luv it!… awesome pics…
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Gayathri NG April 25, 2012 - 1:50 am

Wow you tried on ur own, perfectly done dear…Looks nice n comfort!!

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RENU April 25, 2012 - 1:59 am

hi jeyashree
after seeing ur recipe…i will make it n let u know…thanks a lot for posting the recipe..really….thanks….iam so happy to see this recipe….

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RENU April 25, 2012 - 2:00 am

i never thought when i asked u u will post it….thanks jeyashree. iam happy u take into consideration ur readers…

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Nagalakshmi V April 25, 2012 - 2:15 am

your pics have really become much better jey 🙂 i have never made any pickles myself either, amma makes everything for me.

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Sharmilee! :) April 25, 2012 - 2:25 am

Slurrp….tongue tickling pickle. Love the container very cute 🙂

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Tina April 25, 2012 - 3:21 am

Delicious one dear..Perfect with rice.

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Shanthi April 25, 2012 - 3:27 am

Lovely recipe,looks tempting.

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Shabitha Karthikeyan April 25, 2012 - 3:39 am

Lovely pickle !! Me too not a big fan of lemon pickle but my hubby loves it !! Need to try !!

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Anonymous April 25, 2012 - 4:15 am

Nice! making pickle at home is so much fun right 🙂

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Premalatha Aravindhan April 25, 2012 - 4:40 am

wow yummy pickle,luks so tempting…

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Sudha Sabarish April 25, 2012 - 8:08 am

Always love lemon pickle.Feel like tasting immediately.

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Kaveri Venkatesh April 25, 2012 - 8:20 am

Tongue tickling pickle…looks yumm

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Nupur April 25, 2012 - 9:13 am

Pickle is soooo tempting… and I specially have fallen in love with these little cute blue containers of yours.. Can you ship one to me phlzzzz 🙂

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radha April 25, 2012 - 10:48 am

I have never made this pickle. You make it seem so simple.

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Pavithra Elangovan April 25, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Love lemon pickle a lootttttt and very tempting. Lovely pictures Jeyashri 🙂

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Suparna April 25, 2012 - 12:47 pm

hmmm…mouthwatering…with each snap the pickle gets more tempting:p

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Spice up the Curry April 25, 2012 - 5:41 pm

I never made this pickle. love it. so simple and easy

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lubna karim April 25, 2012 - 5:52 pm

I am huge fan of lemon pickle…but never tried my hands in making it….pickle makes me drool…

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faseela April 25, 2012 - 5:55 pm

mouthwatering pickle…..

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Hema April 25, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Yummy and tangy pickle, thanks for sharing this traditional recipe..

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Priya April 25, 2012 - 10:16 pm

Am a huge fan of this homemade lemon pickles,they came out prefectly..

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Sensible Vegetarian April 26, 2012 - 3:12 am

Pickle looks so good, just for this pickle I can have some Thayir sadam now.

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RAKS KITCHEN April 26, 2012 - 4:59 am

Lovely pictures and the recipe is very easy to make, shall try some time and the jar is so so cute

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Priyas Feast April 26, 2012 - 8:56 am

Wow… Perfectly done,jeyashri…Even i am not big fan of lemon pickle..but this sounds really healthy without much oil and spice..

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Treatntrick treatntrick April 26, 2012 - 11:19 am

I never made pickle but your recipe seems quite simple and turned out so tempting!

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chitraj.hegde April 26, 2012 - 12:55 pm

wow..first time here..ur blog is looking gorgeous….lovely clicks and good collection of recipe…….

and the pickle is looking mouth watering…..I love lemon pickle…..book marked..this recipe seems easy to prepare….

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notyet100 April 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Umm. Can have this anytime with paratha or dal chawal,,:)

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Ramya Bala April 26, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Apt on time for summer Jeyashri…it looks perfect 🙂

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maha April 26, 2012 - 5:00 pm

I am sure this tastes absolutely fab

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Carole May 3, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Hi there, this is a nice post. It would be great if you linked to it in my Food on Friday series. Food on Friday – Asian Food

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Mala Durai Rajan June 23, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Looks yummy Iam going to try this method.

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Mala Durai Rajan June 23, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Hi The lemon pickle looks yummy.Iam going to try this method. Thankyou

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Bonny John November 29, 2014 - 5:33 am

I think pickles should be in 'Achar bharanis' rather than in glass bottles.

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Jeya Prabha V July 21, 2015 - 6:38 am

Jeyashri..Can you suggest an alternative for glass bottle? I don't have one at hand now 🙁

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jeyashri suresh July 22, 2015 - 1:40 am

A ceramic bowl will do jeya prabha.

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Siddha Tk March 26, 2017 - 9:44 am

I made the pickle as described. However after one week it developed fungus growth. Can you let me know how to avoid this. We had taken all attempt to have all ingredients as dry as possible. Please advise.

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Siddha Tk March 27, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Though I took all precaution (as dry as possible, without any trace of water) I developed fungus growth in the pickle. Please let me know how to prevent this.
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jeyashri suresh March 27, 2017 - 11:49 pm

Sometimes it depends on the climatic conditions of the place you live in too. Make in small batches to avoid this.

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