Lime Pickle Recipe

Discover how to make this lime pickle chutney, finely spiced with ground turmeric, ginger, garlic, fenugreek seeds, and much more!

| February 2020

Photo by Getty Images/subodhsathe

Makes 6–10 portions

Prep time: 15 mins, plus up to 4 weeks pickling

Cook time: 1 min

Is there anything better than a dollop of hot and sharp lime pickle next to a portion of curry or loaded onto a shard of pappadam? Yep... If it’s pickle you’ve made yourself.


  • 10 limes, stems removed, washed throroughly
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons fine salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

For the temper:

  • 6 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • a pinch of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 6 curry leaves, roughly torn

Photo by Pixabay/Tesa Photography



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