Lime and Date Pickle / Kerala Style

Didnt I tell you here that I fell in love with the food in kerala and also that we packed loads of good things from there. I knew back then that I would be doing a lot of recipes from there at home and posting on my space to share with all. When Valli announced the pickle theme for BM, I jumped at the opportunity for this special pickle recipe. She did ask me to include one sweet version and I knew that that I had to (had to!) make this one. I made about 4 batches (albeit smaller) to arrive at the final recipe. So for the 2nd day of Blogging marathon ...3rd week, enjoy the recipe for lime and date pickle


Ingredients
 8 small lemons
100 gms dates
50 gms raisins
1 tspn ginger garlic paste
2 tspn mustard seeds
1 pinch of fenugreek seeds
1 tspn black pepper powder
2 tspn red chilli powder
2 tspn sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar (using apple cider is also good, will give a deeper color)
1 cup Vegetable Oil
Method
1) Wash the lemons well and wipe them off using a kitchen towel. Chop the pieces lengthwise. If possible discard the seeds and the thicker veins.
2) You may either now let them sit in the salt bath in a sterilised jar Or steam them tied up in a kitchen towel for about 10 min. If you are soaking them in salt bath, let it stand for minimum 2 days
3) In a pan, heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds.
4) When they start crackling, add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a min
5) Next add the sugar, red chilli powder and saute.
6) Now add the black pepper, chopped and de seeded and quickly saute for a min.
7) Next add the raisins and vinegar and quickly stir.
8) Remove from flame and add the lemons. 
9) Let it stand till it is completely cooled down.
10) Now move it to a sterilised jar.

You can enjoy this from 2nd day 

9 comments:

Srivalli said...

Pradnya, that's such a wonderful recipe, don't think I have tasted this pickle from Kerala..must have tasted good with lime and sweet taste..:)

Kalyani said...

Yum yum ! I will make a small batch of this - very interesting pickle pradnya !!

Priya Suresh said...

My mouth is just watering here, am a fan of lime pickle already, i can imagine how delicious this lime & date combo will be in pickle, just irresistible.

Jayanthi said...

I've heard of lemon pickle, this is the first time I'm hearing the combo of lemon and date in a pickle. Looks awesome.

vaishali sabnani said...

Ehat an amazing combo..too good ..now I want to try this one for sure.

Chef Mireille said...

I absolutely love the flavors going on in this pickle and this is one to try for sure

Pavani N said...

Mmmm..mmm.. you got me at the title itself. Lime & dates sounds like a delicious combo for pickle.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Dates and lemons sound like a yummy combo!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful recipes, thank you. In this one, I don't see where the dates are added. In number 2 soak what in salt water? Step 6 says "...black pepper, chopped and de seeded..." How can one chop & de-seed black pepper?

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