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lemon pickle
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Lemon Pickle

Whenever I see plump yellow lemons, my first thought goes to making this delicious Lemon Pickle. It is a absolutely delicious pickle and does not take days to get ready and can be eaten the same day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: pickles
Cuisine: South Indian
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 38kcal


  • 5 Lemon I used the US large Lemons
  • 2 tbsp Salt more if needed
  • 4 tbsp Chili powder I used medium spicy chili powder
  • ½ tsp Roasted fenugreek powder
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida
  • ¼ cup Sesame seed oil / Gingelly oil
  • 1 ½ tsp Mustard seeds


  • Wash the lemons and peel off any stickers that are on the lemon skin.
  • In a large pot, heat water (enough to completely submerge the lemons). Let the water come to a rolling boil. Now gently drop the lemons into the boiling water and turn off the flame. Cover the pot with a tight lid and keep it aside.
  • Let the water cool down to room temperature before we proceed to the next step. I added the lemons in the boiling water at night and then let it sit overnight. I proceeded to make the pickle the next day morning.
  • Once the water had cooled down entirely, remove the lemons from the water. The lemon would be very soft and squishy and this stage.
  • Chop the lemons into desired shape. Lot of juice will flow out when you cut the lemons. Save all the juice as we will add it to the pickle. I used a plate to chop the lemons and kept draining the juice and the chopped lemons into a large non-reactive bowl.
  • To the chopped lemon, add the salt, chili powder, asafetida and roasted fenugreek powder.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
  • Once the seeds crackle, add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix well and let it sit overnight in the bowl (covered).
  • Transfer the pickle to a sterilized jar and keep it airtight. The pickle should keep well outside, since it has quite a bit of oil in it. I am planning on storing it in the refrigerator after couple of weeks. This will give time for the lemons to keep getting softer
  • The pickle can be consumed the next day itself. I found the lemons to be quite soft and delicious to eat.


Expert tips and FAQ's

  • This is an instant pickle recipe. This can be eaten the same day as we make it. 
  • Always make sure to use fresh spoon/ladle to take the pickle out each time. This prolongs the shelf life of the pickle. 
  • Using Kashmiri Red chili powder gives the bright red color to the pickle. 


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg