Saturday, August 21, 2010

Lemon Pickle Recipe -Lemon Pickle

Here is another pickle from my kitchen. In my family everybody loves pickle, so I prepare it often. I cannot eat curd rice without pickles. In fact I prefer pickles as a spread for bread rather than jam. Luckily I do not have a sweet tooth.This pickle goes well with parathas also. Today we will learn how to make lemon pickle/Elumichai oorugai following this easy recipe.

Lemon pickle

Lemon Pickle-Elumichai Oorugai

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Yields: 1 Cup
 Recipe CategoryPickle
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Lemon -6 juicy ones
   Rock salt powdered -1/4 cup flat
   Turmeric powder -a generous pinch
   Chilli powder -5 tsp
   Fenugreek seed powder -1 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil -1/4 cup (sesame seed oil)
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Asafoetida/hing - 1/2 tsp


Preparation

Dry roast fenugreek seeds and powder it. (Since I make pickle often, I usually dry roast 1/4 cup of fenugreek seeds and powder it. I  use needed quantity and store the rest in an airtight container.)

Wash the lemons and wipe it dry with a towel. Cut lemon into 8 small pieces. Remove as much seeds a you can. If there are a few seeds, it does not matter. Add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Leave it for a minimum of 3 days. Every morning, just mix it well with a dry spoon or shake it well and keep it closed.

how to make lemon pickle

On the fourth day

Method 

Heat oil, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, when mustard seeds splutter, add the lemon pieces along with the lemon juice and fry well until most of the juice evaporates and the mixture thickens (can you see the difference between both the pictures below -( first one is before cooking, next one is after cooking)

Then add chilli powder and cook for a few more minutes until the raw smell of the chilli powder goes.

lemon pickle recipe-elumichai oorugai

Then add fenugreek powder, mix well and switch off the gas. Leave it to cool.

easy lemon pickle

Storage 

After it cools, store it in a clean glass bottle inside the refrigerator. If handled properly, it stays good for 6 months in the refrigerator. You can keep the bottle inside the refrigerator and take only needed quantity daily from the bottle. 

Note - If using iodized table salt or iodized rock salt, reduce it a little. Also I have used homemade chilli powder which is not hot. If using store bought chilli powder, reduce it a little than the quantity mentioned.

More Pickle Recipes

Gooseberry Pickle

Lemon ginger pickle 

Mixed Vegetable Pickle 

Oil Free Lemon Pickle

Garlic Pickle 

I have compiled all the pickles recipes in one page. Do check out more variety of  Pickle Recipes.

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46 comments:

  1. I love lemon pickle..drooling now

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  3. Padhu, I love lemon pickle..lovely presentation Dear..

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  4. Great job dear....the color rocks...!

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  5. i love the way you present,iam your great fan,padhu.

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  6. Lemon pickles looks delicious. I love the two lemon guys.

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  7. The tiny lil fellows look so cute with a turban on them....the recipe is making my togue tickling to taste it.....

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  8. Looks so yummy dear, that presentation is really cute...

    http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

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  9. lemon pickle looks so tempting..mmmm!!

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  10. aww...cute pics...i just LUV the lemon pickle...nice blog...on my way followin it!!!

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  11. Nice one... should give it try ...

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  12. Hi dearie, hru doing? Been so long since I came here na! ;)

    Pickles..yummm! Where's my share ya! :D hehee take care!

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  13. Ha ha so cute lemons with mouthwatering pickles...

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  14. I am fond of pickles and lemon pickle ismy favourite. Thanks for your lovely recipe. Lemon pickle looks tempting and feel like having it now. Wonderful presentation.

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  15. looks tempting padhu..love to gobble up with curd rice..nice presentation.

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  16. Those cute lemons are really good...I love lemon pickle too

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  17. heehee! these two lemon guys are so cute!!
    Pickles looks delicious, too!

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  18. looks nice..and so mouthwatering...yumm yumm

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  19. The lemon pickle looks so yummy!! I love the pickle but have never made it!! Would love to try it out!!

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  20. FIngerlicking pickle..yummy..

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  22. Love any pickle !! Yummy Yummy

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  23. Lovely presentation as allways. Mouthwatering pickle dear.

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  24. lemon pickle looks super delicious ,drooling here ..

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  25. Wow, that's a lovely presentation again. I always love the way you present the food. Love the recipe of pickle too.

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  26. lemon pickle is always my fav, beautiful picture

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  27. Oh I can drool on that pickle with anything that cook in my kitchen :)

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  28. nice presentation, u r all pickle varieties /

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  29. hi padhu
    i made lemon pickle...it came good...it was sour....how to correct it next time?

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  30. Hi Padhu,

    Which oil is advisable for seasoning for this lemon pickle?

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  31. I use sesame seed oil (gingerly oil for all my pickles)

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  32. Hi Padhu,

    how do i remove seeds when i cut lemon... i have more than a dozen to make pickle....i am hoping, if you respond today i will make it tomorrow...

    Thanks,
    G

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  33. Unknown - You have to cut the lemon into half and remove the seeds manually with a knife tip or spoon. It does not matter if there are a few seeds but try to remove it as much as you can.

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  34. can we use sunflower or coconut oil for lemon pickle

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  35. Manjula -use only sesame seed oil/gingelly (nallaennai) for pickles

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  36. Hi, great recipes thank you.. I have left the lemon, salt and turmeric for 5 days and now want to fry the seems etc with the lemon, what do I do with the juice ? Is it drained off or added with the lemons? Thank you

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    1. My apologies for not replying to you immediately.I was on a vacation to UK and was back only yesterday. You can add the juice also as it is only lemon juice. It will not spoil the pickle. Thank you.

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    2. I did not even add fenugreek powder, even before it, the pickle turned so bitter, I couldnt even taste anything else... Should we even cook the lemons?

      Is there anything I can now do to correct this?

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    3. May be the lemon you used was bitter. Some lemons have thick skin which may be bitter. You have to cook the lemon well in oil and then only add chilli powder. I have written that clearly.

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  37. I hav tried this but the pickle became bitter (kasapu) how to correct this plz reply i hav dozens of lemon waiting for done

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    1. You would have over fried the fenugreek seeds or you would have added more of it. After adding fenugreek powder,mix well and switch off the heat. Another reason could be - lemon variety.

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  38. Is it necessary to keep the pickle in the fridge?
    We can't keep it outside?

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    1. Yes, you have to keep it in the refrigerator.

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