Easy Lemon Pickle

Like most pickles this lemon pickle is fermented in salt for three days. I have used limes (green lemons) for this recipe. Once it is fermented for two days, the color of the skin changed and tastes good with curd rice.

Easy Lemon Pickle

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: PickleCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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This is an easy pickle recipe made with lemon. This is commonly served with yoghurt (curd) rice.


  • Lemon – 8 Nos

  • Chilli Powder – 2 teaspoons

  • Asafotida powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Salt – 2 to 3 teaspoons

  • Gingelly oil – 4 to 5 tablespoons

  • Mustard – 1 teaspoon


  • Cut four lemons into desired size small pieces and put it in a ceramic jar/bowl. (Do not use plastic or metal bowl)
  • Squeeze the remaining four lemons over the cut lemon pieces. Add salt and mix well.
  • Close with a lid and keep it for a day.
  • Next day stir it once again and keep it for one more day.
  • By this time the lemon pieces absorb the lemon juice and become little soft.
  • Third day dry roast the fenugreek seeds on slow heat and powder it.
  • Now sprinkle chilli powder, asafoetida powder, fenugreek powder and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it is hot add mustard. After it pops up, remove and pour the hot oil over the lemon pieces. Mix everything well and transfer it to a bowl.


  • This pickle will stay good for one to two weeks. We can reduce the oil quantity if we use the pickle immediately.


  1. சாருஸ்ரீராஜ்

    romba easya irukku i will tey it
    My new year wishes to you and to your family

  2. Priya Sreeram

    good one !

  3. Thank you Sarusriraj. I too wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year.

  4. Jaleela Kamal

    http://samaiyalattakaasam.blogspot.com/2010/12/blog-post_29.html – நட்பு வட்ட அவார்டு கொடுத்துள்ளேன் வந்து பெற்று கொள்ளுஙக்ள்

    உங்களுக்கும் உஙக்ள் குடும்பத்தாருக்கும் இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்

    ஊறுகாய் சூப்பர்.

    எங்கே உஙக்ள் தமிழ் பிலாக்க காணும், தேடி கடைசியில் இங்கு வந்தேன்.

  5. கமலா

    மிக்க நன்றி ஜலீலா அவர்களே. நான் இப்பொழுதுதான் அமெரிக்காவிலிருந்து, சென்னைக்கு வந்துள்ளேன். பயணத்தில் இருந்ததால் பிளாக் பக்கம் வர முடியவில்லை. விரைவில் தமிழ் பக்கத்திற்கும் வருவேன்.

  6. Kamala,

    This is a nice and easy to prepare Recipe.

    I have been preparing many Recipes from your blog and they are very delicious. Thankyou for posting many Recipes which can be prepared without using Masala Powders.

    Wishing You a Happy Pongal.



  7. Hi Sarada,

    Thank you for your kind comments. I too wish you and your family a very Happy Pongal.

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  9. hi mam ! i love lemon pickle bt i dont knw to make,,,, than q so so so much:):) i did it now .. and it is yummmmmmmmmm wit curd rice….:) 🙂

  10. Sheila John

    Lemons are sold in bags and individually in all grocery stores in the U.S.

    I love all your recipes. I remember my mother’s cooking very similar to yours. Brings lots of memories and inspires to cook.

    My younger sister, Kamala is also known best for her cooking.

    Thank You.

  11. Wow drooling for the pickle.
    Awesome ,
    Please provide which brand of sesame oil is good for making pickle.

    Thank you

  12. Gngelly oil brand name good for pickles

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