Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nimbya Solla Nonche ~Lime Peel Pickle & the Giveaway Winner

There is something special about homemade pickles.As I have shared before,we are not pickle fans.Yes,we do turn to our bottle of pickle when we have kanji or sometimes with dosa when there is no chutney or sometimes even idli.The bottom rack of my fridge is loaded with pickles,spoiling us for choices.So why did I make a fresh batch??
After a long time,I made some Lime sherbet.Every time I make it,I think of some ways to utilize the peels.I still have a dried Lime peel pickle made about 2 years back almost half a bottle full.So thought of doing a similar pickle like this and ended up with this delicious and tangy lime peel pickle.It has a very slight bitter aftertaste,probably because I used only the peels after squeezing out all the juice.You can try it like this or just quartered lime(without juicing).
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Lime Peel Pickle

Lime peels,quartered - about 30-35 limes
Ginger - 1' piece,chopped fine

For the pickle masala

Red chillies - 100gms,a mix of Byadgi chillies and regular red chillies
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - 1tbsp
Salt - 1/4 cup(do a taste test before adding more salt)
Water - enough to grind the masala


If you are using fresh lime for this pickle,quarter the limes and put in a big mixing bowl.Or else,after juicing the limes,follow the same procedure.Mix in the chopped ginger.

For making the masala-In a mixer,add the red chillies and pulse for a while till they become powdery.
Add the mustard,salt and hing and add enough water to grind.Pulse till it becomes a smooth paste[it should not be grainy].
Mix this masala with the lime-ginger in the mixing bowl and give a good mix.
Add in more water if the pickle is too dry.I usually add some water to the mixer and add it.But do not add much water as the lime will start oozing water as it sits.
Do a taste test and check if it requires more salt or hing.
Keep it covered overnight or at least for 5-6 hours for the flavors to seep in.
Pour into sterilized jars and keep refrigerated for longer shelf life. IMG_6021

Now for the Giveaway winner.First of all,let me thank you for the overwhelming response.So many silent readers commented and said such nice things about the blog.Thank you,I am touched.I wish I could choose every one of you as winners!!But worry not,seeing the response,I am tempted to host more giveaways of such kind.All in good time.

The winner is Anna(chosen through the random tool).Congrats Anna,the Pigeon Handi is all yours:).Please send me your complete address with phone number to


  1. Woww.. pickle looks so tempting and perfect.. awesome pictures too.. Congrats to the winner :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Love lime pickle anytime! Nice recipe,never tried with the peel alone...nice idea and congrats to the winner

  3. Pickle looks gorgeous.Would love to have it with curd rice or porridge. And, congrats to Anna :)

  4. Wow looks so tempting..tongue tickling seeing the pics

  5. Ooh mouthwatering pickle! Will try it some time soon..

  6. drolling over divya my all time fav pickle..would love to have it with the curd rice

  7. I love lime pickles! And this one is absolutely tempting! would love to have some!

  8. Your pics are soooooo tempting !!

  9. Wow! Looks sooooo good!! Will be perfect with thayir saadham!
    Edible Entertainment

  10. pickle looks spicy...feel like having it with curd rice:) cograts to the winner

  11. yummy delicious pickle..fingerlicking!!

  12. Woww.. pickle looks so tempting and perfect.. awesome pictures too.. Congrats to the winner :)

  13. delicious pickle...the idea of lemon peel is new....

  14. Fingerlicking good pickle Divya and no oil makes it a keeper for me. Byadgi chillies? I don't think I've seen any here. Will regular dried ones do?

  15. Hey Deeba,

    Byadgi chillies are like Kashmiri chillies(the long dried ones)which are not so hot but provide a lovely red colour.If not reduce the amount of chillies and use the normal red ones.

    Hope this helps,


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