Instant Lemon Pickle

I love pickle and I used to have it daily along with my meal. Now being here, I solely depend on pickles that are bought off-shelf. I find these pickles as too salty and most of the time, I don't eat and it ends up in my bin. When I came across Instant lemon pickle recipe at sashiga's space, I felt very happy and talked about this to my mom over phone. She told that she also prepares it sometimes and described me the method. I found both the methods are same except the way the lemons are cooked. Here I take you through both the methods. You can choose whichever method as it suits you.

Basic Information:

Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes + 20 minutes for cooling
Makes: 1 and 1/2 cup approx.


Yellow Lemons - 5 large nos
Red chilli powder - 2 teaspoons/ as per taste
Roasted fenugreek powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - to taste
Sesame oil - 2 tablespoons / as per preference
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a pinch


1a) Take whole lemons in sauce pan and pour boiling water until the lemons are fully immersed. Cover and keep it aside for 20 minutes. then, drain the water and cut the lemons to desired size.
1b) Slice the lemon according to your desired size. Put the sliced pieces in saucepan and add little water. say about  <1/4 cup. Cook just enough to soften the lemon pieces. Make sure not to over cook as they taste bitter. Once it is done, keep aside with water. (Picture shown for this method)
2) Prefer any of the above method to cook lemons and bring them to room temperature.
3) Add red chilli powder, roasted fenugreek powder, asafoetida and salt. Toss it well.
4) Heat oil in kadai/seasoning pan. Add mustard seeds when it is hot and remove from heat. Allow this seasoning to cool to room temperature and add to lemon mixture. Toss well.
5) Store in sterilised bottle and serve with this rice.

1) Do not cook lemons for long time. It might taste bitter if you do so.
2) Try to use sesame oil for authentic taste.
3) I prepared it last week and it has stayed good till now. Do not forget to refrigerate.

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i love lemon pickles! and this instant one is so cool.. no wait and perfect!

Fabulous, mouthwatering pickle!! Bookmarked ;)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Tongue tickling pickle Uma...Pickles are my favorite too...need curd rice and pickle to finish my meal.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year

lovely..............irresistible pickle

delicious looking pickle
happy new year to you and family

Uma .. I do instant pickle the same way too and have also blogged about it. Yummy pickle perfect with rasam and yogurt.

Instant pickle!! two of my favorite words.. LOL and instant pickle together.. You are the Diva!

Great post.. I am going to try it soon!

Aww, I love that pickle.
Wishing you and family A Very Happy And Prosperous New Year 2012!!!!

wow, its very easy and yummy. happy new year :)

Beautiful clicks, excellent recipe. Pregnant and mouth is watering!!!

Delicious look pickle. A very Happy New Year to you and your family.

wow, never knew making lemon pickle was this easy!

Delicious gonna try ur tricolor cookie today :)

Super Delish and lip-smackingly good Lemon Pickle Dear.Yumm!

Looks Yummy .. Lemon Pickle is my all time favourite. You have a nice blog.. Keep it going.. Will be here to see the updates.. You are most welcome to my blog too.

very delicious and yummy recipe

Delicious and yummy....made it today....thanks for the recipe🍋🍋🍋😋💝

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