Nimbu Sirka Achar (Lemon Vinegar Pickle)


  • 35 Lemons
  • 5 cups water
  • 1tsp asafetida powder
  • 4tsp salt


  • 30 Black peppercorns
  • 2tsp black cardamom seeds
  • 3tbsp salt
  • 2tsp Red chili powder
  • 1tbsp White cumin seeds
  • 15 cloves
  • 3tbsp sugar
  • 3tbsp vinegar


  • Wash and clean lemons.
  • Now boil the water and put 25 lemons in it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Take them out, dry them and cut into quarters.
  • Using sterilized jars for the pickle, sprinkle the asafetida powder and half the salt over the base.
  • Grind all the paste ingredients to make a smooth mixture and smear it all over the lemon quarters. Drop these spiced lemons into the jar.
  • Squeeze the juice from the remaining 10 lemons over them and sprinkle rest of salt.
  • Cover the jar with a clean cloth and leave out in sun.
  • The pickle should be ready within 2 weeks.