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Nimbu Ka Hajma Achar (Digestive Lemon Pickle)

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Nimbu Ka Hajma Achar (Digestive Lemon Pickle)

Nimbu Ka Hajma Achar (Digestive Lemon Pickle)

This lemon pickle is a wonderful source of probiotics that can help aid digestion. Though acidic in nature, lemon becomes alkaline once consumed and increases the alkalinity of the body. It is believed that the more alkaline the body, the chance of disease may be reduced.

Some of the other ingredients in this recipe are also known to be digestive aids, including cumin seeds, asafoetida, peppercorns, black salt, and cloves.

Despite the fact that this pickle contains no oil, it will keep well for up to one year if it is kept away from moisture and dampness. The pickle will improve in its medicinal properties as it ages.

Cook Time

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15 min

15 min

30 min

Numerous servings

Ingredients

  • 8 large lemons, washed, wpied, and dried completely
  • 1/2 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 teaspoon lavang (cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon sabut kali mirch (black peppercorns)
  • 1 tablespoon jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon kala namak (black salt)
  • 1 tablespoon table salt

Instructions

  1. Over low heat, dry-roast and constantly stir the kali mirch, jeera, and cloves until they just become aromatic, about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool down; then coarsely grind it.
  2. Reserve 2 lemons for juicing and cut the rest into 8 pieces each in a large bowl. Remove as many seeds as are visible.
  3. Sprinkle all the spices and salt over the lemon pieces then squeeze the lemon juice over them.
  4. Mix well until the spices coat all the lemon pieces. Transfer the mixture to an airtight glass bottle and cap it tightly.
  5. Shake the bottle well and keep in direct sunlight for 8-10 days, after which it will be ready to consume. Shake the bottle morning and evening.
  6. The pickle will keep well for 1 year. Keep in a dry place and always use a dry spoon to remove the pickle.

Nimbu Ka Hajma Achar (Digestive Lemon Pickle)

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 15, 2020:

Lemon pickle is one of two of the most popular pickles in India and it's prepared in a variety of ways. Glad you found this recipe to your liking, Peggy. Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2020:

What an interesting recipe this is! I do like pickles but would never have thought of making them from lemons. This is the second lemon pickle recipe that I have read of yours. Keep them coming!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 27, 2020:

Melanie this pickle can go with any dish as it is an accompaniment, especially ones heavy on the digestive system as this is a digestive pickle. Try it out and let me know how you like it. Thank you.

Melanie from Wisconsin on March 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the recipe! I have never made a lemon pickle before, though I have made lime and mango pickle. The recipes were quite different than this though as they originated from Kerala. Can you share your favorite dishes to eat this with?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 20, 2020:

Hing will be available at your local Indian food store. Glad you like the recipe, Dora. Thank you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Sounds interesting although I'll have to look up hing (asafoetida), and the benefits are good. Thanks for the recipe.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Lemon alone is good for the stomach and with the rest of the spices, this pickle delivers all the more. Thank you Rinita. You too, stay safe.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you Nithya.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you Pamela for reading and appreciating the recipe.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you for appreciating this recipe Devika and glad to know these pickle recipes have been useful for you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you for appreciating the recipe, Umesh. You can microwave the lemons until they are a bit soft if there is not enough sunlight. While the amount of salt we are adding is sufficient as a preservative you can add some vinegar if you wish or oil although this is a no oil pickle.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 17, 2020:

Thank you Mitara for going through the recipe and giving it a try as well.

Rinita Sen on March 17, 2020:

Good to see this. My mom used to make this when we were kids, just with salt. It still tasted heavenly. Didn't know anything about probiotics back then. But we know now why this pickle is so healthy. Stay safe.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 16, 2020:

I have never made pickles without using oil but now I will follow your recipe. It is healthy and delicious. The best part is that it can last for a year without oil, thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 16, 2020:

The lemon pickle is new to me but it sounds very healthy. Thank you for the recipe and information. It is much apreciated.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 16, 2020:

Lemon pickle sounds a good idea. I learned how to combine ingredients for pickles from you. Thank you for this recipe.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 16, 2020:

Rajan, you have published a very good recipe. Incidentally it is my favourite pickle. Lemon is a very beneficial item for our health and you have well mixed it with so many nice ingredients. In some places there is lack of good sunlight. I think in such cases we can put some oil or other preservative in this item to preserve it for a longer period.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 16, 2020:

This looks absolutely delicious. I love making pickles to accompany my curry dishes, especially lemon. I shall be trying your recipe.

Thank you for sharing