Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Khatta Meetha Nimbu achar / Sweet and sour lime pickle - Instant

Khatta Meetha Nimbu ka Achar is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy and citrus to be stocked in the kitchen during winter. Usually the lime pickle gets ready after the lime macerates in spices and salt. This takes about a month. But here I  have fast forwarded the process and made it ready to use the next day. So I am not going to call it real traditional one, its just an experiment . A successful one I must say as the taste is amazing  and the lime peel is so squishy and soft that it literally falls apart on touching. 


'When life gives u limes make pickles '  :)


Ingredients:
Lime -8
Red chili powder - 1 1/2 tsp add Kashmiri chili if u want more red color and less heat
Sugar- 1 tsp
Salt -1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin /Jeera - 1 tsp
Ajwain seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugrek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Garlic flakes - 12-15
Sesame oil - 2 tbsp

Method:
Wash and steam the lime for around 10 minutes in the idli cooker or anything u use for steaming veggies. Make sure the limes don't break, allow it to completely cool then wipe the bitter oil on the skin of it with a clean paper napkin.
Keep them in a plate and cut each into 8 pieces (it will get messy thats ok)

Heat all the whole spices slightly, when cool powder it and keep aside.(I like it slightly coarse)

Heat the oil add garlic allow it to soften slightly into it add all the spices powdered, sugar and salt give it a minute. Switch off heat allow to cool then add the lime pieces mix well and allow it to cool bottle it and pour a tsp of heated and cooled sesame oil extra so it seals the top layer of pickle.

 Khatta Meetha Nimbu ka achar can be used from the next day on wards. Tastes better as the achar ages. It will stay good in room temperature for months.
Sweet and sour lime pickle goes well with rice, chapatti or savory porridge.

Note: Make sure to wipe off  the water from steaming on limes so the pickle does not go bad easily.
Increase sugar if you like sweetness.



Hope you like it.
Meena

21 comments:

  1. Wow! love that 2nd shot!! mouthwatering pickle perfect with rice or khichadi!! yum yum!

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    1. It is Binjal truly a good combination for rice and Khichadi.

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  2. What a tempting clicks..We always do Lemon.. must try this lime version

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    1. Yes Veena lemon is generally used but it is pricier here so went with lime.

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  3. Aiyo! Do I have to see this the first thing in the morning. My hunger juice is going turmoil. Just so good.

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  4. I was never a fan of sweet pickles before! A year ago I had this dried hot and sweet lime pickle from one of our relatives and I got hooked into the hot and sweet version now. I make the hot and sweet version now. Aren't they addictive? Nice lighting in the first picture.

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    1. Pickle is truly addictive. Thank u Shibi.

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  5. Wow... though I am not pickle fan, this looks so good daa...

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    1. Here it runs like hot cakes da I love making it too.:)

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  6. Love, absolutely love that beam of light. Many people do that with PS - but I know you have captured naturally. And the last one - the pickle is so juicy!!
    I am not much of a pickle lover - but this is making me slurp!

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    1. It is natural beam of light,had no idea what to do with the harsh spots on the base. I am so glad u liked this set as always love ur frank comments.

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  7. i'm a huge fan of home made pickles, lime pickle being my first fav. This is soo good Meena!

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    1. Thank u Jyothi. I am over indulging in pickles most often :)

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  8. That last picture Meenaaaa..... the perfect shot to bring out the deliciousness of the pickle. -Sreelatha

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    1. He hee so glad u liked the pic Sree. Thank u.

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  9. Beautiful pictures meena...love that first pic......I make it in a similar way but never tried adding sugar in it...got to try it the next time

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