Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nimbu ka Khatta Achaar ( Lemon Pickle)-- Mom's Recipe

I have been meaning to post this recipe for a while but somehow forgot about it. Today when we took out pickle to eat with Daal and Rice; I immediately grabbed my camera and took some pictures.
Every time I would go to India or my mom comes here, I would have her make some homemade pickles. Last time I went to India was in December 2008 for my own wedding and ofcourse couldn't even think of taking the risk of getting oiled pickles along with my all new clothes.

A couple of months ago we went to Houston to see our cousin and also went to a Gurudwara (Temple). When we came out of there, I saw this tree outside in the yard full of huge sized lemons. I couldn't control myself. I love picking fruits and vegetables from the trees. So I grabbed some 4-5 lemons. These lemons were as big as grapefruit.

I called my mom and asked her the recipe to make Lemon Pickle. To my surprise, it was an easy job with a surety of delicious outcome :)

Here I am sharing my mom's secret recipe with all the pickle lovers out there:

Ingredients:
1 Kg Lemon
50 gm Ajwain
50 gm Garam Masala
100 gm Regular Salt 
100 gm Black Salt (Kala Namak)
250 gm Sugar

Method:
1. Cut all the lemons leaving 2 lemons aside for later use. You can cut them to any size you want
2. Take a mixing bowl and put all the cut lemons into that.
3. Now add all the masala into the lemons and mix well using a laddle.
4. Take a dry jar (preferably glass jar) and put all the masala mixed lemons into the jar using a laddle.
5. Now squeeze the juice of 2 lemons that we kept aside into the jar and mix well.
6. Keep the jar out in the sun during daytime everyday for 6-8 days. Also make sure you give a mix to the pickle everyday by shaking the jar.
7. Once lemons starts getting tender; you can start eating the pickle.

PS: - Always make sure Jar in which you want to put the pickle is clean and dry.
- Never insert a wet spoon or laddle into the pickle. It makes pickle go bad.

2 comments:

Prathibha said...

it looks mouth watering...I get pickles from myMIL every year..

The Princess said...

Thanks for the recipe. I wasn't aware that you could use the big lemons as I tend to buy the small yellow ones from the Indian stores for my pickles.

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