This is the fourth variety of Lemon pickle that I am posting today. Thought that I should try to deviate from the usual spicy ones this time. As usual these are my home grown lemons and so it makes it all the more precious.
- 40 Lemons
- 400 Gms sugar
- 250 ml water
- 4 heaped tsps Kashmiri Chilly powder
- 4 tsps Sunflower oil
- 1 heaped tbp mustard
- 1/2 tsp Methi/ Fenugreek seeds
- 1 tsp Hing/ Asafoetida powder
Wash the lemons and allow to dry thoroughly. Quarter them. Do not try to pry open the seeds as doing so may spoil the pickle. You can discard them after the pickle is done. Divide the chopped lemons into five parts and measure one part. Take an equal measure of salt as one part of the lemons measured. Tip the lemon and salt into the bowl and mix it thoroughly. Cover and keep aside. These salted lemons should be mixed twice a day for eight days, till the lemons become soft. On the ninth day they are ready to be made into a pickle. Heat a pan. Add the sugar and water. Stir continuously till all the sugar has dissolved. After the mixture starts boiling, lower heat and continue to boil for a couple of minutes. A tsp of this sugar solution when put on a plate should not run. At this point add the lemon and chilly powder . Allow it to boil well for a minute. Switch off and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard seeds and after they splutter add the Methi seeds. Toss and drop in the Hing. Saute for a few seconds and drop this seasoning into the pickle. Mix thoroughly. Allow to cool thoroughly before bottling the pickle.