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Lime Pickle Recipe

No indian meal is complete without pickle. This classic recipe for lime pickle is a must to try and can be served with just about any Indian dish.

Indian Pickle Recipe


Lime Pickle Ingredients

10 limes

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 teaspoons of mustard seeds

1 teaspoon of turmeric

5 green chillies

5 cloves of garlic

10 teaspooons of salt

15 teaspoons of red chilli powder

2 litres of water


Bring the water to the boil and add the limes and turmeric. Leave for 2-3 minutes then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cooled cut the limes into wedges and add them to a large jar along with the salt and leave for 24 hours to infuse.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds until they start to pop then add the chillies (sliced),garlic, limes and chilli powder. Fry off on a high heat for 2 minutes then allow to cool. Add the limes mixture to a sterilised jar and pour the remaining oil over the limes before sealing tightly.

Once opened store the pickle in a jar in the fridge.

11 comments… add one
  • Chris September 29, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Hi, just made my first batch and it tastes awesome! What length of time could it be kept for un-opened with the oil on top?

    • The Chilli King October 2, 2014, 10:57 am

      HI Chris,
      Glad you like the pickle recipe. It should keep for at least 12 weeks unopened (probably much longer in reality). It’s so quick to make I tend to make it up in smaller batches. It also make great gifts.

      • Chris October 26, 2014, 7:21 pm

        Thanks for the reply..now made second batch, but used scotch bonnet’s instead for a chilli head friend….awesome!

  • Steve July 22, 2014, 1:17 am

    This may be obvious to everyone but me but what kind of green chills are we talking about here? I’m looking forward to trying this. Thanks

    • The Chilli King July 22, 2014, 10:07 am

      Steve – I prefer to use birds eye chillies if possible, the kind commonly used in Indian cuisine. If not available you can substitute for a cayenne type pepper. I’d avoid habaneros as they have a very distinct flavour that wouldn’t really be right in this pickle. Good luck with the recipe!

  • SusanJ January 14, 2013, 3:00 am

    Oh this is looking great !! I live in Portugal and have quite a few limes ready …. I can’t WAIT to make this one !!! Watch this space for feedback!! Thanks !!

  • Pauline January 3, 2013, 12:17 am

    great, but did you use lemons instead of limes ?

  • Pauline January 3, 2013, 12:16 am

    i live in Spain, and its lemon season, can I use lemons instead of limes, if yes, what would the weight of the lemons be,

    • The Chilli King January 8, 2013, 4:31 pm

      Pauline – sure, lemons would work. re weight i’d just try and see.

  • Lol February 1, 2012, 11:01 pm

    I’ve just made this. It looks like Lime Pickle, smells like it and from the little bit I tasted before I put it in jars, tastes like it too. 😀

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