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Old 08-25-2008, 08:18 AM   #1
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Lime pickle

Anyone know a good way to make lime pickle?
I'm addicted to the stuff but fed up buying it from the supermarket.

I have lots of fresh grown chillis too. Any suggestions for a good chutney.
As you can see I'm from the UK and loving all your american recipes.


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Old 08-25-2008, 08:19 AM   #2
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I need educating. Is a lime pickle a lime that has been pickled or pickles flavored with lime juice?

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Old 08-25-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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It's pickeld lime's. It's an indian condiment, fab with a curry. Jamie Oliver offers the best recipe I've tried yet but it's just not as close as good as the shop brand I buy. That annoys me more. I have to beat it.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:37 AM   #4
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I have to say that as much as I enjoyed Indian pickled limes once I realized what they were, my first experience was a real eye opener.

For awhile my dad & I both worked in Manhattan at the same time, & one day he treated me to lunch at one of his favorite Indian restaurants, "Bombay Palace". It was a two-story place - the main level was the regular dining room, but on weekdays at least, the 2nd-floor room had a fabulous fixed-price Indian buffet lunch.

So I savvily waltz up to the buffet & start piling my plate. Find a tray full of what look like small green golf balls, so of course add one on. Dad & I are happily munching away, & without even thinking I pop the little green devil into my mouth. "Incendiary" isn't even the word for it!!!! Luckily I had the foresight to bring napkin to mouth before it became a "tournament slice" across the room!!!

Some time later I did try them again at home, having been gifted by my mom with a commercial jar that was somewhat less pungent. But I'll never forget that embarrassing trial by fire in NY with my dad - lol!
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:46 PM   #5
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Here is a recipe that generations of my family -have been making for ages It's pretty simple and easy and goes very well with dal and rice type of simple Indian meals. You can use limes or lemons, my cousins mother in law gave me a bottle full of this stuff made using lemons from her tree in California.

You need couple of dozens of limes or lemons (you should make it all at one time, bottle it and put it in your pantry). Wash the limes/lemons well and then quarter them (skin and all) and put them in a large bowl. Stir it with salt (2 tbsps) and 1/2 tbsp of ground turmeric (haldi) and pour it all in a glass jar. Cover the jar and keep it in a sunny place (in India we used to always have these pickles basking in the sun). Every morning, shake the jar to ensure the juices that are being released as a result of the salt are evenly distributed within the jar. You keep doing this for a week or so.

Within a week, the lime/lemon will be pretty softened and the salt removes a lot of the bitterness in them. Next you can enjoy them as is or you can season them more.

Here is one way to season them. Make a mixture by stirring some - Sugar or grated Gud (Jaggery) about 1/2 a cup, chili powder (2 tsps), crushed anise seeds (saunf) about 2 tsps and then pour it into the jar and shake some more. Leave it again for a day or so for the flavors to marinate and enjoy the pickle. It will have a delicate sweet, sour, spicy, bitter and pungent taste. You can also add other ground spices if youd like just as ground mustard seeds, ground corrainder seeds etc to it. I like to stick with what I indicated above.

This is a healthier version of preserved lime/lemon pickle. You can also make oil based pickles which are even more pungent but those are easy to buy in a bottle in my humble opinion.
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