Treat yourself to the incredible taste of our homemade lime pickle, a delicious combination of acid and spice that will instantly enhance your meal. The perfect addition to a simple and satisfying dish of dhal and cooked rice, this refreshing pickle provides a burst of flavor that will leave your taste buds wanting more. You can enjoy this delicious pickle for a longer period of time. A single batch makes a generous 500g jar that lasts up to three months. Experience the zest and spice of our lime pickle that promises to enrich every bite!
- 500g limes (approx. 7)
- 8 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tsp Kashmiri chili powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 30g fine sea salt
- 1 tsp black mustard seeds
- ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 star anise
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- 125 ml vegetable oil, plus 30-50 ml additional if necessary
- 30g ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 green chilies, deseeded and chopped
- 50 ml white wine vinegar
- 70g granulated sugar
- Place the limes in a pot and cover with water.
- Place a small heatproof plate over the fruit to keep it submerged, then bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the limes are soft.
- Remove the limes, pat them dry with paper towels and discard the cooking water.
- Once the limes are cool enough to handle, chop them (including the peel and pulp) into 3cm pieces and place everything, including the juice, in a mixing bowl.
- Stir in minced garlic, chili powder, turmeric and salt and set aside for 1 hour.
- Heat a sturdy, dry frying pan over medium heat and add the mustard seeds, fenugreek, cumin and star anise.
- Stir the spices and toast until aromatic, about 40 seconds.
- Put them in a mortar, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and crush them into a powder with a pestle – you can also use an electric spice grinder for this.
- Add this ground spice mixture to the limes, stir well, pour everything into a sterilized jar and then seal.
- Let the cucumber sit in a warm place or on a sunny windowsill for 2-3 days to allow the flavors to mature.
- Stir the limes with a metal spoon once a day to ensure they are evenly coated with the spice mixture.
- Heat the oil in a wok or karahi over medium-high heat and fry the ginger and green chilies for 2-3 minutes until the ginger begins to turn golden brown.
- Add vinegar and sugar and simmer over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, then cook for 2 minutes.
- Turn off the stove and add the soaked limes and masala.
- Let it cool on one side and then return the cucumber to the same jar.
- Using a metal spoon, squeeze the limes into the glass so they are coated in the flavorful oil. You may need to add some additional oil.
- Seal the jar and let the cucumber sit for 3-4 days before tasting.
- It can be kept for 3 months at room temperature.
Lime pickle recipe
Equipment and tools
For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- cutting board
- Sharp knife
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoon
- measuring cup
- Garlic press
- Spice mill
- frying pan
- wooden spoon
- Jar or container for storage
This lime pickle recipe contains the following allergens:
- Mustard seeds
Please keep this in mind if you or any of your guests have allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
How to store your lime pickle:
- Place the cucumber in a clean, airtight jar or container.
- Make sure the lid is tightly closed.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
If there are any leftovers:
- Store them in the same airtight container in the refrigerator.
- For best taste and quality, consume within a week.
Health Benefits of Lime Cucumber
In addition to being a flavorful condiment, lime pickle also offers a number of health benefits. Packed with essential nutrients and bioactive compounds, lime cucumber can boost your immune system, aid digestion, and improve overall health. Let’s explore the health benefits of including lime pickles in your diet.
Rich in vitamin C
Limes, the main ingredient in lime pickles, are an excellent source of vitamin C. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from free radical damage. In addition, vitamin C supports the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells and improving their function. Eating lime pickles regularly can help boost your immune system and protect against illness and infection.
The spices used in lime pickles, such as garlic, ginger and cumin, are traditionally used to improve digestion. Known for their antimicrobial properties, garlic and ginger can help kill harmful bacteria in the gut and promote a healthy digestive system. Cumin, on the other hand, supports the secretion of enzymes necessary for digestion. Including lime pickle in your meals can aid digestion and relieve digestive problems such as bloating and indigestion.
Turmeric, one of the main ingredients in lime pickles, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been studied for its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is linked to various health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis and certain types of cancer. By incorporating lime cucumber into your diet, you can take advantage of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects and potentially reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Supports weight loss
Lime pickle is a low-calorie condiment that can be a healthy addition to a weight loss diet. It is low in fat and adds flavor without adding excessive calories. Additionally, some studies suggest that capsaicin found in chili peppers, another component of lime pickles, may boost metabolism and promote fat burning. However, it is important to consume lime pickles in moderation as they can be high in sodium due to the salt content.
May help with detoxification
Lime pickle contains vinegar, which has been used as a natural detoxification remedy for centuries. Vinegar can help the liver break down toxins and promote their elimination from the body. The combination of lime, vinegar and spices in lime pickle can potentially aid in detoxification processes and help cleanse your system.
Incorporating lime pickle into your diet can not only add flavor to your meals but also provide you with a number of health benefits. From boosting your immune system to aiding digestion to promoting detoxification, lime pickle is a versatile spice that can contribute to your overall well-being.