This Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe is hot, spicy, tangy stays good up to a months time. This recipe is also perfect for thick skinned lemons, which is available in western countries.
I cannot of imagine a day without pickles in my life. If no sides are available for breakfast or dinner, I can happily have anything along with spoon full of pickles. If I can have pickles for breakfast and dinner, imagine how it could be for lunch. Everyone will make fun of me that I have pickles even for Biryani. No worries at all, my food and pickles are inseparable always.
I usually make Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe in small batches, I felt this way pickle are fresh and tasty. I find this recipe very simple and I love and repeat this recipe again and again. My mom also makes pickles this way. I usually store this for 3-4 weeks and then I go for another verity of pickles.
Few tips for making Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe:
- When you making any pickle, Dry the lemons, cutting board, knife and the bowls with kitchen towel or kitchen tissue for longer shelf time of the pickle.
- For cleaning the lemon, wash and pat dry with tissue paper.
- Do not discard the squeezed out lemon shells, use for cleaning kitchen sink or utensils.
- Cook the lemon pickle for about 3-4 minutes after adding all the spices. The juice should reduce to 3/4th quantity and the lemons should not get over cooked as it may turn mushy and bitter.
- Gingelly oil does tastes great for making any south Indian pickle. But you may also use other cooking oils.
- Increase the quantity of cooking oil to double if you are planning to store for more than 10 days over the kitchen counter.
- If you are diet conscious people, decrease the cooking oil quantity and store in refrigerator for longer use.
How to make Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe:
The proportion for making this lemon pickle south Indian recipe is 7:3, that is, if you are chopping 7 lemons, then squeeze 3 lemons for the juice.
Chop the lemons into 8 pieces or 12 pieces depending on the size of the lemon. Repeat the same for remaining lemons. Then squeeze 3 lemons for its juice.
Heat a pan in medium flame, add 1/4 cup of cooking oil preferably gingelly oil. Then add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
Add chopped lemon pieces and the lemon juice. Then add 3/4 teaspoon of asafoetida.
Add 4 teaspoon of pickle powder but you adjust according to your intake spice level.
Add salt and allow it cook for 3-4 minutes in medium flame.
Allow it to cool to the room temperature. Then transfer to glass or ceramic containers.
It can be served immediately, but it does tastes great after 4 days.
Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe
- 10 Lemon
- 3 tbsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Sesame seed oil
- 4 tsp Home make Pickle Powder
- 1 tbsp Black Mustard Seeds
- 3/4 tsp Asafoetida
- Chop 7 lemons into smaller pieces. Then squeeze 3 lemons for its juice.
- Heat a pan in medium flame, add 1/4 cup of cooking oil. Then add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
- Add chopped lemon pieces and the lemon juice. Then add asafoetida.
- Add pickle powder.
- Add salt and allow it cook for 3-4 minutes in medium flame.
- Allow it to cool to the room temperature. Then transfer Tips and Variations Lemon pickle South Indian style to glass or ceramic containers.
Tips and Variations Lemon pickle South Indian style recipe:
1. You can also use store bought pickle powder instead of the home made powder. Or for quick pickle recipe just add chili powder.
2. Store them in the narrow-mouthed jar.
3. Make sure that oil floats on the top, as it acts as a preservative.
4. While serving scoop out just the lime by leaving behind the oil in the jar.