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My Indian Lime Pickle Recipe - Guaranteed To Add Zing To Your Indian Meal

Updated on October 14, 2014

How To Make Lime Pickle

Have you ever tried making lime pickle?

I make quite a lot of Indian dishes such as lentil curry, but, until recently I bought the ready made accompanyments for my Indian meals, thinking that it was easier to open a jar of Sharwoods lime pickle than making up my own home made lime pickle recipe. Well, yes I suppose it is easie opening a jar of the ready made stuff, but, as I found with my mango chutney recipe, it tastes so much better if you make it yourself.

A problem I had found with many of the ready made lime pickles that I tried was that they were too salty for my taste, and, I thought that the saltiness, apart from not being great for my health, detracted somewhat frome the zingy, tangy taste that I wanted from my lime pickle.

So, after several attempts at making my own lime pickle I eventually tweaked various recipes until I perfected my Lime Pickle Recipe.

Ingredients You Will Need For The Lime Pickle

  • 6 limes
  • 3 fresh green chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilli oil
  • 12 cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 inch long piece of fresh root ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of white malt vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

The Lime Pickle Needs Time To Marinate.

As with most pickles you don't get instant results with lime pickle, it needs time to marinate. So you need to make a batch up before you need it and store it in jars until you are ready to use it.

My Lime Pickle Recipe Is A Lower Salt Version

I have tried to reduce the salt content, for health reasons, in this lime pickle recipe and have used half the salt suggested in other recipes. If it isn't right for you, experiment with the salt content.

How To Make The Lime Pickle

 This is the fun part, for six days you don't have much to do so it's a great opportunity to get the kids involved in making the lime pickle too.

Cut each lime into 1/8ths, remove any pips, and squeeze a little juice from each wedge into a large, sterilised jar. At this point you can add the squezed lime pieces together with the chillies into the jar. If the lime pieces are too big for your liking then cut them in half, crossways, before adding them to the jar. Spinkle over half of the salt, cover tightly and shake well.

Leave the jar in a sunny place, I use my kitchen window, for at least 6 days adding half a teaspoon of salt every other day and shaking the jar at least once a day. This is where to get the kids involved if they want to help out.

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How To Continue Making The Lime Pickle

Well, the six days are up and it is time to continue to make up the lime pickle recipe.

Heat the oil in a saucepan, over a low heat, add the ginger and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Pour in the vinegar then add the lime and chilli mixture, together with the juices, from the jar.

Stir well and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring well.

Remove the lime pickle mix from the heat and spoon into sterilised jars, seal tightly and store in a cool dark place until ready to use.

Enjoy your zingy lime pickle as an accompanyment to your meal.


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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      2 months ago from South India

      Yes, lime pickle is mouthwatering. You can do it with masala mix as in my recent hub too.

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      2 years ago

      I have just got to the stage of adding all ingredients, however the limes had a strange smell, and the limes tasted bitter. Is the normal, will further maturing remove the bitter taste?

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      4 years ago

      Made this and it is fantastic! Even better after it has matured in the fridge for a few months

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      8 years ago

      I love lime and the dish looks great I'll be adding this to my growing list of things to try.


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