Sweet Lemon Pickle | How to make Sweet Lemon Pickle

sweet lemon pickle

A sweet lemon pickle is a fine side dish for items like chapati and upma. The taste of rice cuisines like curd rice, and rice-sambar and rice-rasam, soars higher with this side dish! Sweet lemon pickle can be made with either lime or lemon. All these reasons should increase your interest to know how to make sweet lemon pickle.

Why is this pickle sweet, unlike its regular counterpart? The jaggery or sugar, which is an ingredient of this recipe, gives the pickle a sweet taste. It is liked, in particular, by those who do not like the spicy type.

A key thing to note about how to make sweet lemon pickle is when to make it. You can make it anytime of the year. As the cost of the lime or lemon, however, will be less during its season, you may want to prepare the pickle during this time.

It is easy to prepare the sweet lemon pickle.

A unique point about how to make sweet lemon pickle is you have to plan at least two to three weeks before you want to relish it. Why this long time frame? It is because you have to let the lemon pieces absorb the salt.

Do not use preservatives to store the sweet lemon pickle for more time. Why? It's because the salt, jaggery and turmeric, and the inherent preservative properties of lemon, enable the pickle to remain in good condition for many months.

Want to make the pickle tastier? Add a seasoning of mustard and hing. Do not season the pickles, if you do not like the oil or do not want to use it for health reasons.

Use sterilized glass bottles or sterilized ceramic jaadis to store the sweet lemon pickle.

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1. Lemons 5-6
2. Salt crystals 1/4 cup or to taste
3. Chili powder 1 teaspoon or to taste
4. Mustard 3/4 teaspoon
5. Methi seeds 1/4 teaspoon
6. Cumin 1 teaspoon
7. Turmeric 1/4 teaspoon
8. Jaggery powder 1/2 cup or to taste; See TIP #3

How to make Sweet Lemon Pickle?

1. Wash lemons in salt water.

Dry the lemons thoroughly with a cloth.

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2. Cut the lemons into small pieces. If possible remove the seeds.

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3. Keep an air-tight bottle ready to add the lemon pieces to it:

- Wash the bottle in hot water - Dry the bottle
- Keep it in the sunlight for about 3 hours or till the bottle becomes hot.

Add a layer of lemon pieces to a bottle.

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Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt.

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Add the second layer of lemon pieces to the bottle.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt.

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Repeat the above processes till all the lemon pieces are in the bottle.
4. Cover and keep the bottle aside for 15-20 days.

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Mix the pieces every 2-3 days.

After a few days the salt dissolves completely.

The color of the lemons will change. The lemon juice will settle at the bottom.

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5. Fry cumin, methi and mustard, each separately, till these splutter.

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Fried items

Grind the above three items to a powder.

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6. Transfer the lemon pieces to a bowl.

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Add jaggery and chili powder and turmeric, cumin, methi and mustard powder.

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7. Transfer the lemon pieces mixture to the same or another clean, dry bottle.

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Cover the bottle tightly with its lid.

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Set aside the bottle for 15-20 days.

Sweet lemon pickle is ready.

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TIPS Sweet Lemon Pickle
1. Sweet lemon pickle can be stored up to a year at room temperature.
2. Jaggery should be dry. If jaggery is not dry or if it smells sour, the pickles will be spoiled.

Use sugar, if you do not have jaggery.
3. How to make jaggery powder?

- Dry the jaggery pieces in sunlight.
- Grind the pieces to a powder.
4. Use powdered salt, if you do not have salt crystals.
5. To make the pickles absorb the spices quickly, so the pickles will be ready-to-eat sooner:

- Cover the bottle mouth with a cotton cloth and tie it firmly. Do not cover the bottle again with its lid.
- Keep the bottle in the sunlight for 5-6 days.
- In the 5-6 days period, remove the cloth and mix the pickles everyday.
6. Always ensure your hands are clean and dry, and so is the spoon that you use, to mix or serve the pickles. Otherwise, the pickles may be spoiled.