Salted Limes With Ginger And Green Chillies: A Simple Indian Style Pickle
For most of us in India, limes are lemons and lemons are limes. As weird as that statement might seem to some of you, as far as our recipes and the vendors at our markets are concerned, they’re one and the same thing. That must sound odd for people who know they’re two different things entirely but
  • 6 limes(washed, dried and cut into eights)
  • 1 limeJuice of
  • 2 2 gingeru201d pieces of about bits of , chopped into small pieces / julienne
  • 3 or 4 green chillieslong , chopped
  • 2 to 3tsps salt
  1. Take a clean and dry glass jar. Put a layer or two of the lime pieces into the jar along with half of the ginger and green chillies. Sprinkle about a tsp of salt over this. Put in some more of the lime pieces, the remaining ginger and chillies and some more salt. Put in all the remaining lime pieces and the last of the salt. Lastly, add the juice of 1 lime also to this There is no hard and fast rule about this process. This is just a way of ensuring a more equal distribution of the ingredients.
  2. Your jar should be almost full, but leave a bit of space at the top before closing the jar. This will allow the contents of the jar to move about easily when you need to shake/ agitate it.
  3. Shake the jar a few times to ensure everything gets mixed well. Do this about 3 times a day, and leave the ingredients to work their magic.
  4. The salt will draw the juice out of the lime pieces and also soften the skin. The ginger will initially turn a beautiful pink colour before losing it to become pale after a day or so. After about 3 or 4 days, the pickle will become a bit mushy looking.
  5. Now it is ready for use. Once done, the salt in the pickle should ensure that it keeps at room temperature, but you can always refrigerate to be on the safer side.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes enough pickle to fill a medium sized jam jar.

I also wanted to mention, once again, that I’m hosting this month’s edition of the photography event Does My Blog Look Good in This? The deadline for submissions is the 21st November, 2010. You can see the submissions sent in so far at the DMBLGiT gallery