Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kerala Naranga Achaar/ Lemon/Lime Pickle

Pickle is a condiment that is very popular in Indian food culture. Naranga achaar is a spicy tangy pickle.


 Lemon/Lime-20 nos
Water -Enough for steaming the lemons
Sesame Oil/Gingely Oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard Seed-1 tsp
Whole Dried Red Chili - 4 nos
Curry leaves-1 to 2 sprig
Salt as required
Garlic - 8 cloves
Green Chilies- 10 nos(cut to small rounds)
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder- 2 tbsp(add more if needed)
Fenugreek Powder- 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida Powder- 1/4 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tbsp





Method of Preparation :
1. Boil some water in a steamer and steam the lemons/limes for some time. Say 15 to 20 mins till it becomes soft. Remove and wipe the lemons dry. Let cool.
2. Cut the lemon into  halves/four/eight pieces. According to the size you need them.
3. Add salt to these lemon pieces, mix well and keep for 10 to 15 days in a clean dry airtight glass jar in room temperature. Shake the jar once everyday.
4. Slice the garlic pods lengthwise and set it aside.Wash,dry green chilies and then cut to small pieces.
5. Heat sesame oil in pan. Add the mustard seed, when  it starts spluttering, add the curry leaves and dry red chilies and saute for 30 second.
6. Add the garlic slices,green chilies into it and saute for few seconds. See that it doesn't turn brown.
7.Lower the flame. Add the red chili powder, asafoetida powder, fenugreek powder and saute for couple of  seconds then turn off the heat.
8. Allow the mix to cool down and then add the lemon slices,  mix well and adjust the salt.
9. Then add vinegar and combine well such that vinegar and pickle mixes well.
10. Transfer it in an airtight container and keep it in a room temperature for a week for the flavors to set and  then refrigerate it for further use.

Notes:
1. You can steam the lemons the previous night, wipe and keep for the water to dry. Same with the green chilies, wash and keep aside to dry.
2. You can cook the lemon till it is tender instead of steaming.
3. Adding green chilies is not compulsory. If making in large quantities adding green chilly may be a reason for reducing shelf life of pickle.
4. Add about 1/4 or less cup of water to make a gravy. Heat for some time and then turn off the heat.
5. Lower the flame while adding spices else you will burn them.
6. See the lemon/lime becomes just soft not mushy and break while steaming.
7. You ca use lemon,lime,combo of both for this pickle.


57 comments:

  1. I am not a fan of lime pickle but your version does seem to interest me Fresh love the grey bowl :-)

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  2. Just by seeing the pictures, my mouth started watering.. ;) Love pickle.. I dont need side dish for anything, pickle is enough.. As usual pictures are very nice..

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  3. lip smacking pickle,loved the background too..yummy,love to have with biriyani:)
    Flavors Of Cuisines-"Mexican"

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  4. Drooling over here lips,acing pickle

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  5. This is entirely diff from my version, love this tangy pickle with sambar rice, liked all ur pics Reshmi,good one !!

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  6. Love your clicks! Absolutely love the little cup you have the achaar in :) Such a tongue tickling recipe...

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  7. never says no 2 pickle..loveit

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  8. mouthwatering! you have a knack of presenting food in the most appealing way :)

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  9. Finger licking pickle, well prepared!!!

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  10. lovely and inviting clicks.. this looks very tempting and yummy..

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  11. Lemon pickle adipoli Reshmi. Yumm with curd rice.

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  12. Wow.. This looks so tempting Reshmi.Bookmarked

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  13. Beautiful pictures Reshmi...and tempting pickle..would love it with some curd rice

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  14. Mouth waters here Reshmi..Nice presentation to record the recipe.

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  15. Cannot take my eyes off the pictures!!! simply superbb!!! bookmarking it!!!
    Sowmya
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  16. hi reshmi, we also called pickled "achar"/ this is very interesting-like your spices and your char sure looks very appetizing. bookmarked with thanks

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  17. I'll die for pickle all time... Love this too...
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  18. I'm just drooling here.. This is one of my fav. chutneys.. We generally sun dry lemons & rest is the same..:)

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  19. Haa..How much I would love to have homemade pickle, that feeling when u take a first bite, really bliss..Looks great Reshmi and kudos..

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  20. Feel like licking your achaar right now!!

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  21. Lime pickle is m fav. Like the kerala version and the addition of vinegar too.

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  22. Am salivating here. Love those cute little pots

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  23. Where did u get that bowl from.. its so pretty .. the pickle is making my mouth water! Super click and a great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Gauri. They are tea cup...:) Got it from Teavana..

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  24. Tempting pickle.. I love pickles..

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  25. cute props reshmi.. superb pickle..

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  26. i m not pregnant but now iam craving this. all because ofyou.

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  27. lovely tempting and mouth watering lemon pickle.

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  28. beautiful clicks Reshmi...I usually dont like lime pickle but this looks and sounds really good...bookmarked!!! Love the bowl...the grey and redish orange combo is too good :)

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  29. I'm more a manga achar kind of person...but I love tangy naranga acahr with kappa puzhukku...yummm!!!

    Lovely clisk!

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com/

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  30. I just did a post on pickle powder and I am planning to make instant lemon pickle with it. Where did you find naranga here? I am loving it's look. So spicy good and finger licking yum!

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    1. Hey in Meijer stores. There are many in this season...

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  31. Loved the lemon pickle. Great pics too!

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  32. Beautiful clicks, pickle looks yum!

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  33. navil vellam vannu...adipoli..kurachu tharuo ?

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  34. looks yummy!
    regards,
    srilekha
    http://www.srishkitchen.com/

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  35. Simply mouthwatering n gorgeous shots...

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  36. Superb clicks dear! I'm drooling at your pickles....how delish!

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  37. Tempting pickle..nice presentation...

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  38. I can have a big bowl of rice with just this pickle and some curd.

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  39. The pickle is mouth watering. Not a lime pickle fan, but this one seems too good.

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  40. Adipoli pickle. Nice presantation

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