Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle

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A brilliant pickle that causes a burst of sweet and tangy flavours on your palate, the Nimboo ka Achaar is an all-time favourite, with fans spanning across generations! The preparation of this No Oil Lemon Pickle needs a bit of tact, but is not difficult if you follow these instructions properly. It is important to toss the lemons every day during the seven-day maturing period to avoid fungal growth. During this period, you must also take care to store the Sweet Lemon Pickle in a cool place away from heat, but not in the fridge.

Later, when cooking the lemon-salt mixture with sugar, it is very important to follow the exact method paying special attention to the flame level and cooking time. A timer will be handy! Once done, this pickle stays good for almost an year when stored in dry airtight containers. The colour of the pickle might change over time, but not to worry, the pickle will taste as fabulous as ever.

Ideal to serve with Indian breads like Parathas , Rotis , Puris , Naan and Kulchas .

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Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle recipe - How to make Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 cups
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15 lemons
1/2 cup rock salt
3 1/2 cups sugar
  1. Wash the lemons and wipe them dry using a dry cloth.
  2. Cut each lemon into quarters.
  3. Transfer into a clean, dry glass or steel bowl, add the rock salt toss it well, cover with a lid and keep aside for 7 days. Make sure you toss it very well every day without using your hands or spoon.
  4. Transfer the lemon-salt mixture after maturing in a deep non-stick pan, add the sugar, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 22 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Cool the mixture completely in the same deep non-stick pan.
  6. Once cooled, store in an air-tight glass container and use as required.

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Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle
 on 24 Jun 16 02:49 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Ranbir , we are delighted you loved the Nimboo ka Achar recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
24 Jun 16 03:00 PM
Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle
 on 09 May 16 06:31 PM

If I want to use gud instead what measurement should I take ?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, We have not tried using jaggery..
10 May 16 03:46 PM
Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle
 on 09 May 16 06:29 PM

Sweet Lemon Pickle, Nimboo ka Achar, No Oil Lemon Pickle
 on 09 May 16 03:36 PM

Hello, Thank you for the recipe. I do have one concern before trying to make the pickle. Usually when we heat lemon and sugar together, it turns bitter. I am surprised that no one has complained about that. Do I go ahead and make it without worrying about bitterness?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Madhvi, We have tried the recipe in our kitchen.. it has not turned bitter. You can go ahead and try the recipe..
10 May 16 03:49 PM
Sweet Lemon Pickle
 on 26 Feb 16 02:57 PM

The lemons caught mould when kept in the sun. Will I have to throw away the 1kg lemons or there is a way to wash them n reuse?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Priya, We have rectified the sweet lemon pickle recipe, do try this new recipe, we are sure you will get an excellent pickle. The major problem might be for your fungus that happened in the lemons is that you need to toss it everyday when the lemons are put to mature. Happy Cooking !!
Edited after original posting.
02 Apr 16 03:05 PM
Sweet Lemon Pickle
 on 14 Mar 14 04:35 PM

This is the first time I made pickle at home inspired by your recipe. I was looking for some oil free recipe and with natural ingredients like gud. I tried this recipe. It came out so good...my hubby gave me great compliment...that it is just like store bought. Everything perfect... thanks for such wonderful recipe!!! A must try!!!
Sweet Lemon Pickle
 on 16 Mar 13 12:07 PM

This is a beauty. Love the tangy and sweet taste of the juice.
Sweet Lemon Pickle
 on 03 Mar 12 06:56 PM

Simplicity of ingredients coupled with patience - its a wonderful recipe. I've had to tweak the recipe a bit for convenience. All the same thank -you Tarla aunty for sharing this.