Indian food becomes much more tasty with the presence of this amazing Lemon Pickle or Nimbu achar as we call it. I remember having Achar since childhood and so are my kids doing. So, it runs in the family.
OHH what thought crossed your mind?? Achar are not healthy. Hmmm
I am sure this is what modern health freaks are suggesting. No offence to them but achar is not unhealthy for sure. Since ages, India has been popular for this simple and yet amazing delicacy and its not unhealthy.
Those who think that any food can be categorized broadly in healthy and unhealthy need to think again. I just wish to ask them if milk is healthy so can they have 1 bucket of milk daily? WIll it be considered healthy?
Simply because any food in excess is harmful for the body. So having home made food in right proportions and including varied vegetables, salads, and fruits is a key to healthy living. Lets stay relaxed and instead of munching on cheese wheat crackers (thinking that it has wheat and not knowing how much percentage of wheat it has really), why cant we have wheat chapati and dal and one teaspoon of Lemon Pickle or any other pickle of our choice.
As far as nutrition is considered, Pickles are low in calories, have bacteria (probiotics) that are good for digestion, help in controlling sugar levels, and relieves muscle cramps. Homemade Pickles are easy to make and preserve. One important note for people who have high blood pressure or other heart condition, Achar are made to preserve vegetables like Lemon , Mango, Gajar, Gobhi, etc. so an extra salt is added in this process and hence any Achar is not recommended for people with BP (specially high BP patients).
For Ratios of Salt, I have referred to Nisha Madhulika
For Lemon Pickle, or any other pickle for that matter, its always best to use clean cloth, clean utensil without a bit of moisture as any moisture can lead to fungus and spoil the Pickle. Make sure to use sun for making this lemon pickle as its a long process for this pickle. First we pick up kagaji Nimbu (the one which are really very juicy and have thin cover) and wash them thoroughly and dry them in sun for a day or two depending upon sun. Since Lemon pickle is a winter Achar, it wouldnt be very sunny. I am posting this recipe a bit late but I wanted to show the final look of my Lemon pickle to you.So i started around second week of January and after drying the lemons in sun for two days, I wiped them with clean kitchen cloth. Then I took jars (2) and dried them also in sun. Chopped Lemons and added salt and kept jars in sun for around 25 days. Salt made the lemons soft and tender.
Lemon Pickle is a fairly simple recipe and doesnt require lot of ingredients. You need lemons, salt, sugar, Red chilly powder, garm masala, Ajwain, and black pepper. I have made it without a drop of oil. This lemon pickle is khatta and meetha as I like it this way. You may adjust the sugar and Chiily levels as per your convenience. Less chilly and less sugar will make it more tangy. Add the spices along with sugar and keep in sun for another 15 days (or till sugar dissolves completely), Then we have our Lemon Pickle ready.
Mine is ready and I wanted its taste to be more amazing and waited this long to taste it. One can have it with Moong Dal Khichdi or Parathas. Today I am going to have Paratha, Dal and Lemon pickle .
What are you going to have lemon pickle with??
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