Lemon Pickle without Oil Recipe

Lemon Pickle is a condiment that creates a intense flavor in meals. Here is an easy recipe to make lemon pickle with lemon and simple spices.  Very tempting lemon pickle recipe.

Lemon pickle without oil recipe
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Try the easy recipe of Lemon pickle without oil shown below.

Ready In:  20 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

This recipe make 6 serving(s).


  • 6  lemons
  • ½-cup salt
  • ¼-cup red chili powder
  • ½-cup sugar
  • 3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp methi seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • ¼-tsp hing powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 lemons in India)
  • Large glass jar, approx 2 liters in volume


  • Wash and dry 6 lemons thoroughly.
  • There should be no water on the lemons or in your jar.
  • Slice off the stalk scar as shown below.
  • Cut the lemon into quarters and then cut each quarter into a half along the length.
  • Then cut each resulting piece into quarters or thirds.
  • Fill the glass jar as you go along.
  • Add ½-cup salt ,¼-cup chili powder , ½-cup sugar.
  • Add 3 tsp of turmeric powder and shake the jar about to help the powders get to as many lemons as possible.
  • Next you need 1 tsp methi seeds, 1 tsp black mustard seeds, ¼ tsp asafetida or hing powder.
  • Roast these three ingredients on medium flame for about 4-5 minutes till there is a mouth-watering aroma in your kitchen and the methi seeds look a little tanned.
  • They should not look sunburn, just nicely tanned.
  • Grind these into powdered and mix to the jar. The lemons should have started oozing juice already.
  • Add the juice of 1 lemon.
  • The jar must be placed in the sun to cook slowly in its warmth.
  • Give it a good shake as you put it out and bring it in each day.
  • Lemon pickle should be ready in about 2 months when the peel has softened and is no longer crispy.
  • Enjoy!


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