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Lime Pickle Recipe

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lime pickle recipe

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Making Naan Bread

Making the Basic Sauce

This Lime Pickle Recipe is quick & easy to make! Almost as good as the main dish is the often complimentary dish of condiments, some hot, some spicy and always with a minty Raita (yoghurt and mint). Lime Pickle is a nice, zesty treat in which to dip either poppadoms or naans. This is a quick method of making lime pickle, where the pickle can be ready in as little as a couple of hours. Keeping it in the fridge and forgetting about it for a month will, however, only serve to improve the flavour!



  • 250g (9oz) mixed chillies (red and green)
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) Limes (with the skins still on)
  • 100g (3½ oz) chopped ginger (or 2 tbsp ginger paste)
  • 6 finely diced garlic cloves (or 2 tsp garlic paste)
  • 200ml (7 fl oz) white vinegar
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 175ml (6 fl oz) vegetable oil



1              Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a pan and sauté the whole limes until the skins darken. Remove from the pan, drain on kitchen paper, dry off, slice into 1cm (½ in) rings, then dice.

2              Place the chillies, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoons of the oil into a blender and blitz to a paste.

3              Heat the remaining oil in a clean pan, add the seeds and stir-fry until they start to pop, then add the contents of the blender and simmer for 15 minutes.

4              Turn off the heat and add the turmeric, salt, lime pieces and vinegar, stirring until totally mixed and homogenised.

5              Ladle into sterilised jars using a slotted spoon, draining off any excess oil and reserving it. Use this reserved oil to just cover the contents of the jars to create an air barrier. Discard any remaining oil.

6              Once cool, it is ready to serve, but will improve over time, as the flavours deepen and become richer with age.


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