Spicy Nimbu Achaar (Lemon Pickle with Oil )

India is a country of flavors, spices and aromatics . There are so much variation in culture , habitat , and tradition from one state to the other . This vast fluctuation can be thoroughly researched via cuisine of this wonderful country. A single dish is prepared in thousands way from one place to another. The area of this allomerism is widely explained if we pick one simple recipe like a pickle.For example if you say lemon pickle there are thousands way to prepare it or we can say that each house has its own recipe. I am so beaming to be part of this permutation yet combination of wholeness. Ok ! Coming back to my recipe , I have added lemon pickle recipe a few months back that was simple pickle with less spices and no oil. I want to prepare  different one and was searching a recipe with more spices and oil ,  found this exotic recipe here. It’s extremely lip smacking and finger licking just like store bought . So let’s start the recipe .yum

Lemon pickle

1/2 kg limes / lemons
2 tablespoon salt

To be ground
1 teaspoon Peppercorn
1 teaspoon fennel seeds /Saunf
1 teaspoon cumin seeds/Jeera
1 teaspoon coriander seeds/Dhania
1 tablespoon mustard seeds/Sarson
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds/Methi

1/2 cup mustard oil
1 tablespoon nigella seeds /kalaunji
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon chilli powder, adjusted to taste

Grind seeds under “to be ground “together, coarsely.

To be ground
To be ground

Wash and pat dry lemons thoroughly. Slice into small wedges. Add salt and leave them in a bowl overnight.

Lemon wedges
Lemon wedges


Heat mustard oil to smoking point and let it cool.
Place lemon with all spices and ground masala in a bowl . Mix well , add cooled mustard oil and transfer whole content to a sterile glass jar.

Lemon pickle
Lemon pickle

Lemon pickle
Lemon pickle

Let it mature for 15-20 days.

Lemon Pickle
Lemon Pickle

Serve with main course.

Serve-1/2 kg pickle Prep time -20 minutes

Note:Add salt and chilly as per your taste.
Amount of salt should not be less or else it will spoil the pickle.

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

15 comments on “Spicy Nimbu Achaar (Lemon Pickle with Oil )”

  1. lovely pickle, love it with yogurt rice….

  2. I love the pickle so yumm….

  3. OOO… the pickle looks so drool worthy…yum yum

  4. nimbu achar….so perfect for tangi toungues like mine…yummy

  5. Shruti says:

    Not fair… U made me miss this achaar now!!! Missin those days back in India, my mum used to make a big jar every time!!! 🙁 Anyways, I can always try making by myself 🙂 Will do tat n post a feedback to u 🙂 Thanks…

  6. Love it…such a nice colour and flavours:) Thanks for linking at my event 🙂

  7. Chitz says:

    Lip smacking & finger lickin one !

  8. WOW! i'll bookmark this recipe, love North Indian pickles. It loooks so yummy. 🙂


  9. Fazlani says:

    I have a bunch of lemons in the fridge and now I know what to do with them.

  10. Mukesh says:

    I have a bunch of lemons in the fridge and now I know what to do with them.

  11. I have tried your recipe, lets see how it turns out! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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