Wednesday, 11 December 2013

KHATTA MEETHA NIMBU KA ACHAR (No-Oil Sweet n Sour Lime Pickle)

How about a tangy pickle for Christmas Food Gift?!


Typically the tangy flavours of lemon are associated with the cheerful and bright season of summer. However, what is interesting is that despite them being available throughout the year, lemon season begins in late fall & throughout the winter (I happened to read that somewhere). Perhaps that is nature's way of providing us with a healthy dose of vit C to boost our immunity through the winters!

This is essentially a winter pickle. The three key spices -  black cardamoms, cloves and dry ginger powder -  are all 'warm' spices that are used mostly during the winters here; thereby lending the pickle warm tangy flavour. 

Bring in the summer shine with this lemon pickle. Pop them chopped in to your mayo or aioli for a tangy hit or add chopped or mashed into your chicken marinade for a lemony chicken. Enjoy them with a flat bread of your choice or with pour its juices into your favorite lentil soup. They would be great added to pasta sauce. 


 

I enjoy this pickle when it had aged for a few weeks. You will be amazed how just three key spices bring out so much flavor in this pickle. The beautifully spiced, sweet n tangy fleshy roundels of this pickle play a symphony on the taste buds. The pickle pairs beautifully with the Curd Rice

You will need...

½ kilo limes (ensure they are thin skinned, shiny and plump)
2½ tbsp salt
250 grams sugar (this is the amount if you like it more on the sour side. Increase the amount if                                                      you like your pickle more sweet)
5 black cardamoms (seeds only)
5 cloves
1 tbsp dry ginger powder
1½ tsp – 2 tsp chili powder (depending on how hot the chili powder is)


Scrub and wash the limes and soak them for 8 hours (overnight) in water. Wipe them well with a kitchen towel and slice them into roundels (as shown in the pic) and remove the pips.

Transfer the sliced lime in a non- reactive container and sprinkle with salt. Let them marinate in salt for approximately 3 hours; the limes will release water. 

Remove the slices and use the water form making the syrup. (I could procure ¼ cup water from the limes). Transfer the water in a thick bottomed non-reactive pot and add the sugar. Cook the two together on a low flame, stirring in between, till the sugar has dissolved.

While the syrup is getting dissolved, pound the cloves and cardamom seeds to a coarse powder and add the rest of the dry ingredients to it. Add the dry ingredients to the syrup and cook for half a minute. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool. 

As soon as the syrup cools down, add the lemon slices and stir well. Let the pickle sit for half an hour in the container. 

Transfer the pickle to a glass jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth (doubled) and keep the jar in the morning sun (if you are living in a cold place, keep it in the sun when it is at its strongest) for 3-4 hours. Repeat this exercise for 10 days. The pickle is now ready to eat J


Note: Pick the lemons that are soft, juicy and without blemishes.
Note: I let the pickle age for at least a fortnight before I start using it. By then the lemon juice becomes syrupy and less sharp.

52 comments:

  1. Oh such a yummy looking pickle..wish someone gave me this achar instead of chocolate as gift :)

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    1. I wish I could send it over to you :-)

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  2. soo soo tempting picke...dear..loved the round cuts and beautiful clicks too.

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  3. That jar looks delicious and simply loved the pictures esp the first one :)

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  4. i feel like grabbing that jar... awesome clicks!!!

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  5. very tempting pickle and inviting clicks

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  6. Nice and yummy looking lime pickles !

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  7. Very interesting, never knew that you could make Indian pickle without oil. Sweet and sour combo is inviting!!

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    1. Thanks Shibi! Lemon pickles are versatile and most of them do not require oil.

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  8. Gosh this looks good! I love pickles, and the flavor of this is wonderful. Thanks.

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  9. Lime pickle...truly, the first time I've heard of that. Good job!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. We Indians love our pickles and we pickle alot of veggies.

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  10. Wow! such a yummy recipe...am drooling here...well presented..

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  11. I was just talking to my mother about making lime pickle.. it's one of my favorites. She told me to wait for the summer... that's months away. :( Wish I could grab some of yours off the screen. :)

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    1. Contrary to most pickle, that require to be made during summers, this one is an exception.

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  12. This is such an interesting kind of pickle! Can't say I've ever seen anything like it before!

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    1. Thanks Joanne. This pickle is certainly different than most others.

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  13. When I think about pickles, I don't think about oil in it, so this was actually very interesting that oil-less version is a unique one! I'd love to taste this!

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    1. Yes Nami. Most Indian pickles use oil as a preservative besides salt ofcourse and that definitely makes this one different :)

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  14. I've never prepared pickle in my life. You say I can add these on a pasta dish? Wow, I am very curious now!

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    1. I tried it once and I loved the tangy hit that it gave to the pasta.

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  15. oooh I love the idea of pickles as gifts, I so often think about nut butters and all, but yeah, pickles would make a great gift. Love this.

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    1. Thanks Honey. I have seen my mother give away jars of pickle and so I always find gifting pickles a very natural choice!

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  16. These pickled limes look perfectly made and I love your pictures!

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  17. Una idea genial se ve muy hermoso y delicioso para acompañar,abrazos.

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  18. This is new to me n pickle looks yummy n tasty too...

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  19. Wonderful lemon pickle, an interesting sweet n sour combination.

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  20. pickle is looking great and plus its both sweet as well as sour.

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  21. Nimbu achar is one of my favourite. I love the sweet and sour twist to this one. My mouth is watering just thinking about it and drooling at your photos!

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    1. Thanks Nazneen. I hope you try this one coz it is a breeze to make!

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  22. Loved the way you have the lime slices cut! :)Wow.. lovely achar

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  23. Reminds me of my mom's achar...It's such a stable accompaniment with a parantha in North Indian families

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    1. I am glad it brought the memories of your mom's achar. You rightly said, the north Indians can't do without a pickle with their meal ;-)

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  24. This pickle looks fabulous, I need to bring in its warmth now in my winter freeze

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  25. This is my favorite achar and love the technique used in making these, so simple!

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    1. Hi Deepti! This pickle is indeed very easy to make but the result is astoundingly wonderful!

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  26. I'm intrigued! This sounds delicious!

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  27. Your pickle looks mouth watering. And sweet and sour is my favourite kind!

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    1. Thanks Shruti! If that is the case, then this pickle is the one for you. I hope you try it and enjoy it :-)

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  28. Wish to thank you all for visiting and taking time to leave your encouraging words. They make my day :-) Keep visiting and enjoying the posts at EFS.

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  29. OMG!
    I can eat jars of pickles and nimboo ka aachar is my favorite. Going to try this out!

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  30. The slices are inviting. I am great fan of lime pickle and each pictures of you are very inviting.

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