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homemade lime pickle in bowl with popadoms

Homemade Lime Pickle

Karon Grieve
From curries to dips, this homemade llime pickle willadd a real kick of flavour to all sorts of dishes.
3.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 30 servings
Calories 50 kcal


  • 500 g limes (8 limes)
  • 100 g salt
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 g brown sugar


  • chop limes into eigths and place in a bowl with the salt and leave covered with a tea towel overnight for the salt to draw out the juices
  • Heat the cumin, coriander, fenugreek, fennel and mustard seeds in a dry pan for about 1 minute till aromatic then tip out of pan immediately to stop cooking. Crush them in either a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder
  • Heat the oil in pan and add the ground seeds and all other spices and stir to form a paste and add the sugar too. Leave this to cool completely.
  • Add to the limes and mix thoroughly along with the brine/juices from the limes.
  • pack into sterilised jars cover with lids and leave on windowsil for a week
  • Tip the contents of jars into food processor and pulse to break up the pickle still further then pack into sterilised jars and leave for another week.



This recipe makes 4 x 200g jars of lime pickle.
This will last for up to a year, once opened store in the fridge.
Use your homemade lime pickle with curries, stirred into yoghurt as a dip and on sandwiches etc.
This is Hot stuff!!!


Calories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1295mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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Keyword curry, pickles
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