No masala, No Oil Green Chili Lemon Pickle (Achar)

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Not so long ago we had one of those lazy weekends where we did not feel like cooking much , did not feel like going to restaurant either and just lazed around, made just plain rice and simple daal. But then when hunger struck us we were left drooling and thinking of different possibilities, options and more yummy stuff to munch along with the plain food.

Dear Husband (DH): “Wish we had a simple lemon pickle at least and that would have kicked up a notch of this plain food. We need to make it next time and keep it handy”.

Dear Wife(DW):”Bah, easier said than done… making a pickle is a pain staking process, it is not like making Thokku or the Crisps, you first need to prep them, add the seasonings, make the masala, put in load full of oil, baby sit it….blah blah”.DH: “Ah! None of the above, it is easy and the taste is out of this world”.DW:” Let me not sugar coat this. This will not work; you are way too hungry to think correctly

DH:”Just watch what I do and you will be surprised. Are you ready? 

  • Ingredients
  • 10-15 lemons/limes (make sure that the skin is not very thick)
  • Salt
  • 4-5 green chillies (depending on spice level, add more or less per taste)


Day 1:

  • Wash the lemons and wipe them thoroughly. Make sure there is no water on the skin.
  • Cut them into small bite sized cubes.
  • Take an air tight container and place one layer of diced lemons, slit green chillies at the bottom and top it with a teaspoon of salt. 
  • Next place another layer of diced lemons and add spread around teaspoon of salt. Continue until all the diced lemons are finished. Shake well and close the lid.

Day 2-7:

  • Shake it once everyday and make sure you do not open the lid.
  • After about a week or so, the juice from the lemon begins to gets thick and juicy. The mixture blends well and the taste is neither salty nor spicy.
  • Day 10: Ready to eat !

     This is a very simple yet tasty pickle and goes very well with Daal rice, yogurt rice etc.This is my contribution to AFAM:Lemon an event hosted by EC at Simple Indian Food Easy Cooking Blog.

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  1. Usha says:

    Wow,that is very creative,normally I avoid pickles because of the level of oil in them this seems quite a nice variation……

  2. Uma says:

    mmm. oil free pickle? I am so making this. looks so delicious and juicy.

    BTW, posted the recipe for Baked Puri today. Check it out!

  3. bee says:

    awesome. if you have sunshine, try manisha’s no-oil lemon and lime pickles. we’ve made them two years running now. but you need to make them in the sun, or in a very low oven.

  4. redchillies says:

    Thanks All.

    thanks Uma. Off I go to check the baked puri 🙂

    Bee, thanks for the recommendation. I will do check it out.

  5. Lakshmi says:

    This pickle is something we have at home always..and amma makes them with lemon peels she collects after taking away the juice..also adds bitter gourd..tastes yumm..with curd rice. Happy Gowri habba & Ganesha Chaturthi RC..

  6. Pragyan says:

    Thanks..making this now. Am putting it out in the sun. Will let you know how it turns out.

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