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Monday, 17 June 2013

Sweet lemon pickle

This is my favorite pickle and a must have with my curd rice. Initially i used to purchase it from a local pickle vendor thinking it would be a tedious task to make pickles but then i got this recipe from my moms friend and i gave it a try. Here's the recipe for all pickle lovers....

Ingredients required :- 

  • 10 lemons cut into quarters and seeds removed
  • 1 - 2 tspn of salt
  • 1-2 tspn of turmeric powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • water ( just enough to soak the sugar)
  • 2 tspn of Red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tspn of hing.
  • 2 tspn  fennel seed, roasted jeera seeds and kalonji seeds( mixed)
  • half cup of oil.

Things to remember:-

  • Most important thing to remember while making pickle is that vessel in which cut lemons are being kept should be clean and dry. 
  • Also use lemons which has thin skin. 

Procedure to make:-

  • Place the cut lemons in a mixing bowl and add salt and turmeric and mix well.
  • Transfer to a air-tight bottle and keep in like that for almost a month. Keep shaking it on alternate days or you can place the bottle in sunlight also for 15-20 days.
  • After 30 days it will become soft and mushy.
  • Now in a pan add sugar and to this add water just enough to soak sugar.
  • Place on a low flame and keep stiring. The sugar syrup should be of many string consistency.
  • Remove from flame and add the lemons.
  • Now add red chilly powder.
  • Finally heat oil and temper it with  fennel,cumin and kalonji seeds and hing.
  • Add this to the sugar-lemon mix. 
  • Mix well and tranfer to air tight jar preferably a glass bottle.
  • Store for almost a week and eat.
The quantity mentioned here will yeild 300 grams of pickle.