Lime pickle (sweet)

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15 big limes (ripe)

2 – 2½ tablespoon oil

1 -1½  tablespoon chili powder

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

¾ cup sugar

3- 4 tablespoon vinegar

2 – 2½ teaspoon ginger & garlic paste

½  teaspoon salt

Pre- preparation:

  1. Put the limes in a bowl, boil 2 liters of water and pour in the bowl over the limes.
  2. Cover and keep this for 6 hrs
  3. Repeat this process 4 times.
  4. This helps remove the excess bitterness.
  5. Enabling the limes to cook slowly and soften.

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1. Cut the limes into quarters, de-seed them.

2. Apply salt and set aside (lime will release juice in the bowl, use that while cooking)

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3. Take a kadai / wok add the oil, once the oil is hot add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for a while.

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4. Add the chili powder and sugar and mix well.

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5. As the sugar gets caramelized add vinegar and turmeric.

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6. Now add the lime pieces and cook till the pickle gravy becomes little thick (add the lime juice along with the limes).

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7. Let the pickle cool for 3/4 hrs. before bottling. Use clean bottle without any water/ humidity inside it.

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8. Let the pickle rest in a dark and cold place for atleast 25 / 30 days before eating (more the better)

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Bon appetite.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Merrybee8 says:

    Delicious recipes


  2. Merrybee8 says:

    I made the pickle but the bitterness didnt go


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Let it mature it will go


  3. Merrybee8 says:

    Any option to remove bitterness


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      If the skin is thick soak for extra 8 hrs


  4. Joaquim Cardozo says:

    Thankyou very much for your concern and precious time to give me this recipe. I would also appreciate if I could get your mail address to contact you. Thankyou once again.


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      I have sent you a mail


  5. Veena de Souza says:

    I’ve set out to prepare this pickle but have a few queries; 1) How long do I need to keep the limes after salting?; 2) Can Goan jaggery be used instead of sugar?; 3) What type of chili powder to use? Kashmiri?


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      That’s nice let me answer your questions 1. Salt and keep for 30 minutes. 2. Yes you can add Jaggery. 3. I used Kashmiri chili powder.

      hope this information helps.


  6. Veena de Souza says:

    Thanks. I prepared the pickle. The color is darker coz of the jaggery. Simple recipe, will use it again.


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      That’s nice to know.


  7. Lance Dias says:

    Is sugar compulsory, cos diabetic can’t eat wit sugar


    1. alvesnaaron says:

      Use a sugar free substitute cause a bit of sweetness really helps in this recipe.


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