South Indian Lemon Pickle Recipe

Lemon Pickle South Indian is the most famous South Indian pickle, made with lots of lemon, mustard seeds and flavorful spices.

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Yield: 15 servings


  • 1 kg Lemons (Nimbu)
  • 1-1/2 cups Mustard Oil (Sarson Ka Tel)
  • 4 tsp Mustard seeds (Rai/Sarson)
  • 3 tsp fenugreek seeds, powdered
  • 3 tsp Red chili pepper (Lal Mirchi)
  • 1 cup Sugar (Cheeni)
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp Lemon (Nimbu) juice
  • 3/4 cup Salt (Namak)

How to make Lemon Pickle South Indian:

  1. Cut each lemon into 6-8 pieces and rub salt very well.
  2. Keep the lemons in an air tight jar for 6-8 days and shake daily, so that salt mixed good with lemons.
  3. Heat mustard oil in a pan just for few seconds and then remove from the flame.
  4. Cool and then add crushed asafoetida and mustard seeds.
  5. Cover the pan and cool a little.
  6. Finally mix the pieces of lemon, fenugreek powder, sugar, lemon juice and chilli powder.
  7. Keep for one week before serving.


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