Kerala Lemon Pickle - Naranga Achar

There was a time , when I thought I could never make pickle.; later the very thought changed to , okie i could, but never would I achieve the same gratification with mine , compared to my grandma's and mom's. Every time N asked me for some home made pickle, i found myself to be in a "pickle". But that is such an old story , now that i have mastered the art of pickling :)

Remember the Boost, Complan glass jars with pickle on the centre of the dining table back home??
It was such a regular scene in most of the households and my home was no different. Ranging from Fish,meat, lemon, mango , nellikka, mixed vegetable , lololicka, .....there would be one on the dining table and one in the pantry waiting for its turn, thinking "mera number kab aayega?".... No meal would pass without a touch of ginger - garlic - curry leaf overloaded pickle and no liquor party would start without a pickle for "thottunakkan".......



I used to get repeated scoldings for taking all the gravy and oil and for not using spoon , but fingers to take it out. But now there is nobody to scold me :(... Every time i give a retrospective glance to those times, every single thing has a story to tell , and feel so good with an  emotional overflow to it :)

All the blah, blah apart, today's  is  my kuttanadan grandma's recipe. I know there are a  zillion ways to make even the simple Kerala lemon pickle. Its not my contention that  this is the authentic one , but for me , this is "authentic" since i grew up eating this :)


Recipe for Lemon/ Lime pickle - Cheru naranga Achar

Ingredients:-
Cheru naranga / Yellow Lemon - 10 ( the grocery store here has lemon double the size of it back home, so i used only 5 lemons)
Salt -  to taste + a pinch of sugar
Gingelly oil / Nallenna / Sesame oil - 2 table spoon + 2 table spoon
Mustard seeds - 1.5 tea spoon
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tea spoon
Garlic julienned - 10 cloves ( you can add more if you love the bite of it in your pickle)
Ginger julienned - a small piece
Green chilly - 2-3 sliced
Curry Leaves - a handful
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 2 table spoon ( use as per your spice level , 2 tbsp is really spicy)
Kaayam ( asafoetida) -  1/4 tea spoon
Vinegar - 2 tea spoon
Salt to taste


Method:-
Clean , wash and pat dry the lemons .
Steam in an appachembu or steamer for 5-8 minutes.( see notes at the end of the post)
Let it cool and wipe it well with a kitchen towel and cut into 8 pieces.( if lemon is small make 4 pieces).
Take an air tight glass jar and add lemon and a table spoon of salt and a pinch of sugar and mix well.
Keep it for a couple of days minimum 3 days upto a week. Some times i keep for 2 weeks
On the  day you are making the pickle  , take it out and drain the water and salt. and this helps to reduce the sour taste.
Heat 2 table spoons of gingelly oil/ nallenna in a pan and add mustard seeds.
When they pop up add fenugreek seeds and fry for 30 seconds.
Add garlic, ginger, green chilly and curry leaves and saute for a couple of minutes and add turmeric powder.
Add chili powder , and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of water and bring to boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes or till the water is reduced or it is thick.
Add  asafoetida ( kaayam) and fenugreek powder (if using) and mix well.
Remove from fire and let it cool.
Add Lemon pieces , salt to taste and vinegar mix well.
My mom and grandma usually leave it in the pan for 4-6 hours , but you can omit this step if you want.
Transfer that to a glass jar and add 2 table spoon of gingelly oil. 
make sure the glass jar has a tight lid :). 
Serve with Kanji, Rice or even  I like it with chapati ...

Notes:-
  • If you want the lemons to be too soft , steam it for 10-15 minutes or keep it in the glas jar with salt and sugar for 7-8 days.
  • To make it more spicy increase the amount of chili powder .
Cheers
Sarah

72 comments:

Reva said...

Pickle looks perfect... Super clicks....
Reva

Shanavi said...

Awesome work Sarah..Droooooling here..I need some curd ric ert away...Great clicks again from u..

aipi said...

Very tempting..I am literally drooling..no kidding:)


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Sharmilee! :) said...

Pickle and curd rice nothing can beat the combo...very beautiful clicks

Rachu said...

s come out so well... yogurt and pickle.. my fav with rice...

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Smitha said...

looks too good...yummy pickle...after mango, lemon pickle is my fav. love it with kichidi!...

Asha said...

That looks absolutely delicious...

S.Menaga said...

very tempting pickle!!

Treat and Trick said...

Looks so good and delicious!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Just feel like having some pickle, looks very tempting.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

My favorite pickle with rice..i'm very lazy when it comes to making pickles..may be i should try now...

Gulmohar said...

Oh my ! looks tempting..nattil valyammachi idunna achar ormma vannu

Indianspice said...

Christ !! That made my mouth sour..Slurp
Kudos to your clicks Sarah !

Swathi said...

Adipoli naragna achar, njanum unadki last weekil .

Suja Sugathan said...

Tempting yummy pickle..adipoli.

kothiyavunu.com said...

wowwww..superb dear,vayil vellam varunnu..

kitchen queen said...

wow! I would love to have this lemon pickle with curd rice.

Rookie Qookie said...

enikku vayya :) I made some Fish pickle..will try something else once it gets over..post beef pickle recipe if u have..dankooo

Cheers,
Reshmi

Angie's Recipes said...

Those lemon pickles look wonderful!

Priya said...

Slurp, tongue tickling pickle..

divya said...

looks awesome. Drooling over it.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks yum...
love the look of it...

? said...

Looks delicious!

Turmericnspice said...

lovely clicks....first time at your blog and love the fresh look of your space... i must say the photography is breathtaking.

Sumathi said...

Yummy.. very tempting..

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy pickle looks delicious
lovely pictures

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy pickle looks delicious
lovely pictures

Mrs K said...

Sarah,this pickle has such an instant appeal to it,and one tends to overlook the initial 4 days of preservation in lemon,sugar & salt. I remember I was strictly instructed to wait for atleast a good 15 days before I could touch the mango pickle or for that matter the lemon pickle which my mother made at home. You make this one sound so easy and instant and the killer looks are tempting me, to go for it:)

Shanthi said...

Tempting and mouthwatering

RAKS KITCHEN said...

OMG! Mouthwatering pickle,loved the recipe!
And I totally love the new look of your blog! Great going!

Pushpa said...

Delicious lemon pickle,just need some curd rice.

Shama Nagarajan said...

drooling spicy pickle

Gayathri Kumar said...

Awesome snaps. Pickle looks so yumm..

Zareena said...

Thank you soo much Sarah for visiting my blog.
Clicks are perfect, you are tempting me with the pics Sarah.

Ramya said...

Sarah, this looks just like the ones my mom makes and keeps in Boost bottles:-)
Goes well with curd rice..slurp..:-)

jeyashrisuresh said...

Very wonderful recipe Sarah. My mom is also an expert in making this pickle.beautiful clicks

Vandana Rajesh said...

The lime pickle looks amazing Sarah...it has the same looks like my grandmom's pickle and so bookmarking it. I used to really love her lime pickle just so perfect haven't found that flavour and taste in any of the store bought ones. This is a must try, amazing pics and lime is my favourite. Thks for sharing this wonderful recipe...now guess even I can try making pickle at home.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Tongue tickling pickles dear!!! Yumm yumm ;)

Happy Cook said...

Wowo beautifuil and froolie droolie droolie yumm.

Laya said...

This pickle looks exactly like my grand mothers.
I believe you have a lot of kaipunyam sarah.
Lovely clicks and i am really tempted to make this at home. this reminded me of the small packet of lime pickle we get in small shops in kerala.

Kairali sisters said...

I love homemade pickles and Grandmas recipe akumpol pinne parayukem venda. ever since i came to US< i never bought store bought pickles..Adipoli Sarah...

arthi said...

love to have with my curd rice!!

women-wisdom.com said...

Tempting pickles. Superb clicks. Well presented.

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Nostalgia said...

I have been salting all the lemon rinds and they are going to soon become pickles too. Your achar looks lip smacking good.

Jisha said...

adipoli lemon pickle...yum yum

lissie said...

perfect and yummy pickle, Sarah! my favorite...!

Plateful said...

Mmm, looks delicious. We adore pickles and nothing meets homemade. Beautiful pictures, as usual!

Chitra said...

Wowowow, irresistible pics. iam drooling over this pickle . :)

Nithya said...

Hi sarah
My name is Nithya and I am writing from Dubai.
I am a daily visitor of your website and i like it very much.
It is like the first thing I look when I open my computer. I love all your recipes, especially the amazing photos. It is always a hearty feast to be here. Can you add more prawns recipes, if you do not mind. I am a big fan of prawn. Your beef recipes are always a hit with my guests. Recently i tried your varuthu aracha beef curry and puttu and was totally in love
Keep going the good spirit.
Thank you,
Nithya

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Pickle looks picture perfect... soo good... absolutely drooling here...

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Dolly said...

Wow Sarah..You have indeed mastered the art of pickling...Amazing clicks and the pickle looks absolutely tempting..have to make this soon.

Biny Anoop said...

wow that looks really fab dear.....nice colour...feel like i am watchg it in 3D

Sushma Mallya said...

oh its so very tempting,no one can resist this for sure...

Nithu said...

Mouthwatering. Love to have with curd rice. Nice pics.

Sowmya said...

Wonderful pick(le) for the spice lover!

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An Open Book said...

sherikkum kothi varunnu

Jaleela said...

mouthwatering pickle sarah

Ananda Rajashekar said...

oh my my mouth watering looks stunning! i want some curd rice and some of ur pickle!

Anu Mary said...

Tried this Lime Achar and came out very good. Thank you sara

I have a request. Do you have a recipe for Pineapple Pulisseri? If yes please post it.

Yummy Team said...

WOW! Enthaa adipoli pics..Enikku biriyani kazhikkumbol ee pickle oru must annu..Njan ethu edakku undakkarundu..Mouth-watering clicks!

Shobha said...

Mouth-watering pickle..I have never made lime pickle..I do make mango pickle at home.Loved the way you have explained step by step, clearly..one could never go wrong.
will make it soon.

Anonymous said...

Could I make this pickle using green lemons (i bought it from the indian stores)..? I bought 20 of them to make this pickle as I saw this recipe in your site ..and then only started reading your recipe and it says to make with yellow lemon

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Anon..
You are talking about Key lime right?
You can use the same recipe , but when i do it i make slight changes to it like
1) Steam the green lime for 12-15 minutes.
2) Keep it in a glass jar with salt and a pinch of sugar for 5 days to a week....

Hope this helps. happy Pickling :)

Anila jayan said...

Hi
We made this Lime pickle following step by step this recipe sara. It come out so good sara. tasted like how our amma used to do it. Thanks for the nice authentic kerala recipes you put up in your vazhayila

Anonymous said...

Why drain the water before making pickle, it is such a waste

Sarah Naveen said...

Anon , just do it without for your sake please :)..

Manuel netto said...

gr8.and mouth watering. J.M.NETTO.

Neets said...

Hi Sarah,

Firstly, let me start by congratulating you on a truly naadan blog! i was looking for a lime pickle recipe for a while now coz I'm addicted to pickles, he he!! Thanks for this recipe. i will definately be trying it over the weekend and i shall let you know the results. I have created a new blog and have mentioned the link below. Please do check it out and leave ure feedback. Do tell u're friends and family about it too. Keep up the good work and God bless!

Neets

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks Neets ! and good luck with ur blog :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Sarah,
I tried ur lemon pickle today, without draining the juice and it came out "AWESOME".. Thanks a lot.. and keep cooking :))
Ansin

Rani said...

Slurp slurp slurp!!
I can eat your whole BLOG!
NOW!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

This is the second time 'm making Naranga Achar based on ur recipe that too with 50 Limes.Just added all the ingredients 5 times. Both time it came out really good and I got lots of good comments ...
Thanks for this recipe!

-Ami

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