Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lime Pickle (Cheru Naranga Achar)

Every one's favorite, right?.. I know this is a must-see item in almost all home’s dining table. Got it?. ya it is every one's favorite side dish -the yummy n tangy Lime Pickle. Today i thought i can share with you guys my grandma’s special Lime Pickle (Naranga achar)Home made pickle always taste good than the store-bought one and the making of the pickle is not that difficult.  
About the recipe: It is my grandma’s  recipe. She always prepare so delicious pickles and whatever she makes it tastes 100 times better  than anyone else’s.. Now she is not with us but we always remember her through her special  recipes.My amma  is not that expert as my grandma for making these achars (Pickle) and Chammanthi podis.(Chutney Powders). Like my grandma my valiyamma (Amma’s Sister) is also an expert in making pickles..Her pickles are always demanded one in our family.. When my mom came here last summer, she sent both mango and lemon pickle for us. Especially when you are “expecting”,  you always crave for these pickles.. yeah. I know it is not that good (having too much of pickle) for health but you cannot control it .Anyway i really enjoyed having it even with my breakfast and finished the whole box with in a short span of time.When amma was here she  taught me how to make this pickle.but  whenever I prepare the pickle, i used to call and ask her the recipe. 
Until came here in  USA, I didn’t know that there are differences between lemon and lime. I thought all are same. But when I came here I realized that both are different and they look different, taste different. I think, Lemon is not good for making pickles compared to lime which have more sour taste and less sweet taste.
When we found a bag of lime here in the Kroger I thought of making the pickle because this lime is a seasonal one. So when i saw  i asked my hus and he said yes.. He likes amma’s pickle so much.and also .its hard to find such kerala pickles here in any store.. so i always prefer to make it at home.( we tried the store bought also and found the 2 best pickles -Priya’s Lime Pickle and Bedeker’s Mango pickle ).
I can guarantee this one is  a very easy to make recipe and u can make it in a large quantity  and keep it refrigerated for months.. And one thing u should be careful is that do not use any wet spoons which adds moisture and the pickle very easily get fungus and that spoils the whole pickle..So take small quantity in a container and use that.. And one more thing if u have use the Sesame oil( u can find the same in Indian grocery) ,It gives real and perfect taste and flavor of the pickle and also it helps pickle to last longer 
Ok let me tell you how i made this
Ingredients
Lime:(cheru naranga) 1 pound
Water : for cooking the lime
Garlic(vellulli): 12 pods
Red chili:(Chumanna Mulaku) 5 nos
Red chili powder:(Mulakupodi) 4 tbsp
Asafoetida Powder(Kayam):1/2 tsp
Salt:(uppu) as required
Sesame Oil(nallenna): 1/4 cup
Vinegar(vinagiri): 1 tsp or as required
Mustard Seed (kaduku): 1 tsp
Curry leaves (kariveppila): 2 sprig
Preparation
  • In a big pan boil enough water and cook the lime in the boiling water until the lime  become tender.add enough salt also.
  • Cut the lime into 8 pieces(slices) and keep the slices in a airtight container for 2 days.Add salt according to your taste. 
  • Slice the garlic pods (lengthwise)
Procedure
  • Heat the sesame oil in pan.Add the mustard seed,once it started spluttering add the curry leaves and red chili saute for 30 second
  • Add the garlic slices into it and saute until it get nice brown color.
  • Add the chili-asafoetida salt powder mix into the heated oil...Lower the heat to low.
  • Fry all the ingredients until completely fried (dark color).
  • Let the mix to cool down and then add the  lime slices into the mix
  • After 4-5 hrs add one/2 tsp of vinegar and mix very well. vinegar has to get into all the part..
The delicious pickle is ready to have. Keep it in an air tight container .Keep refrigerated after one week.
Cook’s tip
  • Do not overcook the lime.then u can’t make it into slices..
  • Soak the lime in salt for 2-3 days in room temperature.. Check the salt  in between.
  • If u like u can use more Garlic and chili powder.
  • Always keep the pickle in airtight container and keep it in room temperature for a  week.
  • do not use any wet spoons which adds moisture and the pickle very easily get "fungus" and that spoils the whole pickle.
  • If u want u can use any other oil instead of sesame oil.Here i used Idhayam sesame oil.

64 Said:

Priti said...

Looks so yummmmmmm...I love this pickle ..my fav..

Neetz said...

woweeeee... yummmmmmmmmm..the pic says it all..what an aweosme pickle..and u said it...its everyones fav!!

Satya said...

wow looks sooooo tempting ...love this pickle ...looks sooooooo perfect ..brooling here

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Shriya said...

WOW!!! I feel the tangy flavor here. Pickle looks delicious and yummy!!!

Vrinda said...

My mouth is watering...yum yummmmmmmmmmm

Umm Mymoonah said...

Lipsmacking pickle, looks so delicious

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Such a beautiful color, looks delicious, thanks for sharing dear...

Kairali sisters said...

Prani..you are a sweetheart, you wont believe me, i bought two full abgs of lime this sunday to pickle them and was in search of good recipe, and here you are with the perfect lime pickle..

Undakiite parayame..

My fav fav pickle, looks perfect and with rice and curd,,irresistable..

Love
Suji

Hamaree Rasoi said...

The bright red color is tempting me a lot. Very spicy and tangy look

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Roshu said...

xcellent click n mouth watering

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

looks delicious...this is the way my dad :) makes pickle at home...

Raina said...

This looks so delicious. I have never tried a pickle like this, but it sounds wonderful. Grandmothers always make food the best. That is nice you have these dishes to remember her by:)

Guna's kitchen said...

MouthWatering lime pickle... yummy.. wanna taste it...nice color too.. asusual well explained dear

VineelaSiva said...

Prani its really awesome the pickle is really came out good.I tried this but it did not came out good.

Swathi said...

Naranga achar looks perfect and delicious Rani. I love it. once i made them it got spoiled after that i stopped making them. Now i have recipe i will try some time.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Spicy and Tangy lemon pickle looks great..My hubby favorite

PranisKitchen said...

Priti Neetz Satya shriya vrinda ayesha treat and trick suji deepa roshu deepa raina asha vinee swathi
Thanks for the wonderful comments..
Suji try it da and let me know
Vinee try the same.sure u will get good result

Tes said...

Wow this sounds really amazing. It looks stunning.
I would love to have this accompany with with any meals :)

Vasavi Suresh said...

wow, simply mouth-drooling.

Sarah Naveen said...

so perfect and yummy!!!
thazhe irikkunna erisseryum ee acahrum..ooh ippo choru venam..

Sushma Mallya said...

yummy and tangy,love lime pickle...

Kamalika said...

Truely a lipsmacking dish...and very easy to made too....thanks for sharing...

kothiyavunu said...

wow..what a color..irresistable!!! looks terffic..love to gobble up with some curd rice rite now..:)

chaitrali pathak said...

loved it...mouth already watering

RV said...

It is hot and fiery and am drooling here.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I haven't even tasted, but still drooling over it by just looking at the pic, simple delicious.

Uma said...

mouthwatering.. sounds easy too..

Nitha said...

Looks perfect da..

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swapna said...

yummy and tasty.......

lecker and yummy recipes said...

as i was reading ur post, i couldnt control my mouth watering ! very nicely explained ....will definitely give it a try !

Anita said...

very nice, I love lime pickle and your procedure is unique. I will try it soon.

Reshmi said...

i love lime pickle.. it's my fav with parathas.. but never thought of making it at home.. hav bookmarked this recipe.. first time here and u've very nice collection

Kiran said...

Love the step by step presentation of the preparation of lime pickle.This is a new way of making it.Will definitely try it.

Kiran said...

Love the step by step presentation of the preparation of lime pickle.This is a new way of making it.Will definitely try it.

aipi said...

that looks sooooo tempting dear..love pickle all kinds..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Wow.pickle looks spicy and yummy:)kothipichu:)
Pinne koottucurry yanu njagalde aghottullathu.erisseri thekkottullathum,alle?

Mimi said...

I've never had lime pickles, but I have a lime tree and theses look tasty.
Mimi

The Housewife said...

This is so cool that you actually make pickle at home! I need to start making pickle at home too… This looks so yumm!

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks so appealing and delicious!

sangeeta said...

this is one mouthwatering pickle....
i liked your pumpkin-red beans erisseri too..

Yummy Team said...

Superb pickle, Prani. It looks really perfect n tempting...This is one of my fav pickle..Lime pickle ellathe biriyani kazhikunna karyam aalochikane vayya..Will surely try your version sometime..

Krishnaveni said...

Prani, this is my fav pickle, would love to have this with curd rice, superb preparation, great

Rumana Rawat said...

it is mouth watering pickle:)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tongue tickles seeing ur post ;)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Tangy and mouth watering recipe.

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo so tempting pic..

An Open Book said...

oh my god, im drooling..such a yummy looking pickle..slurrrp!

ganga said...

njanum innale ee pickle undakkithe ullu prani.adipoli ........

Mary said...

This looks so good that I'm going to have to try it. I love pickles and this sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Dipika said...

50th comment- half century :)
Hey Prani, How r u doing dear..Its really been long time..Saw all ur recent recipes...As usual no words dear..They are superb..and the lime pickle with the dripping red color sauce - ummmm TEMPTING dear...:)n
Hey there is an AWARD waiting for u i my blog...grab it !!! :)

RV said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, that was the Macy's in New york city.

Aparna S Mallya said...

Wow, beautiful step by step pics!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this lime pickle look so mouthwatering!

Pavithra said...

Wooooooooooow that looks very much mouthwatering and looks so so delicious with step pictures.. curd rice and lemon is match made in heaven right??? omg i am drooling

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

WOWWWWW...vaayil vellamodikkam....i made garlic pickle recently...

Indranee said...

Wonderful for a rainy day:)delicious!

arthi said...

looks spicy and tasty :) wanna have with curd rice right now :)

Sridevi said...

one of favorite pickle..you have made it very well.

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow mouthwatering pickle..beautiful clicks prani

மனோ சாமிநாதன் said...

Delicious lime pickle! The picture tempts to try this immediately Prani! Just now I have also prepared a different lime pickle!

PranisKitchen said...

shabitha Tes vasavi sarah sushma kamalika kothiyavunnu chaithrali RV Priya Uma nitha swapna lecker and yummy recipe anita reshmi kiran aipi sreelekha mimi the housewife angie sangeeta yummyteam krishnaveni rumana sharmilee sanjeeta suma openbook ganga mary dipika aparna sonia pavitra lena indranee arthi sridevi suja mano mam thankls a lot for the wonderful comments dear friends..

meeso said...

I can see why these pickles get addicting... they are so good, I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't had a chance to try them!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Mouthwatering!!! Love these :)

Anonymous said...

Slurp..so tempting great combination with curd rice:)

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