Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Kerala Lemon Pickle/Naranga Achar......step by step.


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Summer is setting in slowly and its pickle time again. I love making pickles and lemon pickle tops the most made pickle in my kitchen......because Nidhi just loves them.

I do not make large quantities....I usually make with 8 to 10 medium sized lemons. If the lemons are really small I take about 12 to 15, this time the lemons were quite large so I used only 8 nos.

I always wash the lemons and put them in the steamer for about 5-10 min in low flame because I do not want the lemons to crack and the juices to flow out. So once steam comes put in low flame and check often.

Again this recipe is from amma, who is the best cook I have ever come across.



Ingredients:
Lemon: 8 to 10.
Ginger: 1 inch, julienned.
Garlic: 2 pods, julienned. (if you like more garlic in your pickle you can add more)
Green chilly: 2 or 3 slice, (I dint use this time).
Mustard seeds: 3/4 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Red chilly powder: 2 tbsp. ( I used Kashmiri chilly, you can increase according to your spice level).
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.
Asafoitida powder: 1/4 tsp.
Vinegar: 1/4 cup.
Salt.
Curry leaves.
Gingelly oil/Sesame oil: 2 tbsp. ( I always try to reduce the oil as much as I can...you can add up to 4 tbsp if you are not that health conscious).
Sugar: 1 tsp (optional)


To roast and powder:
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp.




Method:
1. Wash the lemons and put them into the appachembu or steamer.


2. Once steam comes simmer it for about 5 to 10 min. Do not let the lemon crack.

3. While the lemons are cooling......take the garlic and ginger....

4. And julienne them. If you are adding green chillies slit them...this time I dint add any.

5. Cut the lemons into 8 pieces and put in a tbsp of salt and mix it.

5. Meanwhile heat a kadai and pour 2 tbsp of gingelly oil. Add in the mustard seeds, allow it to splutter and add the fenugreek seeds.

6. Simmer the fire and add ginger and garlic, let it brown slightly. Add curry leaves.


7. Put in Kashmiri chilly powder, turmeric, and asafoitida. Remember to keep the fire on the lowest level.


8. Mix well. Allow the raw smell to go.


9. Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar.


10. Let it boil and switch off the fire. You can add 1 tsp sugar to neutralize the taste. Allow it to cool


12. Add the salted lemon pieces and mix well. Check salt and if needed add a little more.


13. Now in another small kadai take 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds. Lightly roast them.

14. Powder them and sprinkle on top of the lemon pickle. This is amma tip to get that authentic Kerala flavour.

15. Mix well. Bottle it. This will keep more than 3 weeks as there is no water in it.

Serve with steaming hot kanji, rice, or just about anything!






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36 comments:

  1. Very tasty dear. Drooling here.

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  2. adipoli achaar.....OMG...drooling here...

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  3. This sounds YUMMY..Bookmarked..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  4. how did u read my mind !!
    this is my favorite and i was about to mail u today asking about why not posting a recipe of naranga achar.
    though i have some aversion cutting lemons, this has entered into my sure to do list .

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    1. Mitha-Sumi, ya I now can read ur mind lol.

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  5. how did u read my mind !!
    this is my favorite and i was about to mail u today asking about why not posting a recipe of naranga achar.
    though i have some aversion cutting lemons, this has entered into my sure to do list .

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  6. this looks yummy!i'm going to try it asap!

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  7. superb!the pickle looks mindblowing!....i am definately going to try it out.

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  8. bookmarked and loved the tip at the end of adding mustard and fenugreek seed powder

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  9. Mouthwatering pickle!! Really appreciate the step by step. It makes it look so easy and sure to try.

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  10. i just love lemon pickle..awesome pics

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  11. This looks just like the one they make at home... Not sure if its the same method as I never bothered to find out. :).

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  12. Blog hopped my way here! I have done something similar too..will post it soon :) following u now !do drop by my space sometime :)

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    1. Rasi-Thank you for visiting my space and for following me...keep visiting :)

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  13. Awesome step by step pickle recipe Dear.Luv the addition of Ginger-garlic Dear.Yumm

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  14. Perfect tongue tickling pickle..:)) Absolutely delicious..
    Reva

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  15. nice that u put stepwise pics, now its so easy.. looks great

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  16. My dear, that looks perfect. I am totally out of pickles, have asked the local store for lemons. Will try it your way and let you know..!

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  17. Nice Blog post with good content. Please give more detail on Turmeric Powder…

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    1. Catchfoods-Thanks for the visit. I think you might have overlooked, I have given the measurement of turmeric powder in the ingredients, its 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder is powdered turmeric.

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  18. Hi Nisa,
    I don't think I have ever seen a Lemon Pickle, but I would love to try it. The recipe looks so interesting, I love trying new foods. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  19. WOW! These lemons look fabulous! I'm definitely going to have to give these a try! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving this link!

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  20. hi Chechi
    I tried your lemon pickle a week back. tasted it today!!
    it tasted awesome !!
    I never believed that I would make pickle in my life.
    thank u so much
    as u know S never takes lemon pickle.
    he is pestering me to make mango pickle.
    so I look u up for that !!
    help please !!

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  21. hi Chechi
    I tried your lemon pickle a week back. tasted it today!!
    it tasted awesome !!
    I never believed that I would make pickle in my life.
    thank u so much
    as u know S never takes lemon pickle.
    he is pestering me to make mango pickle.
    so I look u up for that !!
    help please !!

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  22. I was in Kerala in January of this year and fell in love with this great pickle which contained both, bitter gourd and lemon. Please tell me you have a recipe for this! I do a lot of "sun pickle" in the summertime, and also wonder if it's possible to do up my regular lemon sunpickle and add bittergourd to it. Please advise. The life of my tastebuds depends on this! :)

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    1. Hi Maven, thanks for stopping by and apologize for the delay in replying (I might have overlooked your comment)about your query I make a bitter gourd and carrot pickle...do check this link http://nisahomey.blogspot.in/2010/09/bittergourd-and-carrot-pickle.html hope this helps....keep visiting.

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  23. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hv just finished making it and put them in jars. Can't wait to taste it. Normally in Malaysia, i hv lime pickle with my Indian food, but i can't find any good lime pickle here in SoCal. I do however have a lot of lemons from my bro-in-law's garden, so i looking forward to taste-testing soon. :)

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    1. Unknown, thanks for the feedback....hope you enjoyed the pickle.

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  24. Thanks for the recipe. I have done this today. It was amazing....

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    1. Joby, thanks for the visit and for taking time to give me the feedback...really appreciate it...

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  25. Looks amazing I usually just buy lemon pickle, I can't wait to try and make this at home!

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  26. Hi NISA,
    My Lemon and LIME trees are loaded with fruit,can`t wait.Your recipe and step by step photos are excellent. Very impressed.THANKYOU. I will be a regular visitor. MISS JANE and I love cooking curries and now,all the many sidedishes.DELICOUS.

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