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Naranga Achar/Lemon Pickle

Naranga Achar/Lemon Pickle

This recipe is for those who love pickles like me and who have nostalgic feelings about home made,spicy,tangy and intensely lemony pickle.I am sure that most Indians will agree that pickles are inevitable part of our lunch.

This pickle is made by stuffing the spices into whole lemons, the way it is made by my grandmother and aunts. But you can also quarter the lemons if you plan to use it immediately.This lemon pickle can be preserved for months in air tight jars and the more it matures the better. Lemon pickle are best when served with rice and curd, spiced buttermilk or parippu curry/dal. It is also an integral part of Kerala Sadhya and is served as thoducurry along with mango and ginger pickle.

Lemon -10( medium sized)
Salt- 5 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-4 tbs
( add according to your taste)
Fenugreek powder- 1 tbs
Asafoetida- 1 tsp
Green chilly chopped -3
Garlic pods 8-10
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Sesame oil- 1/3 cup
Vinegar-1/3 cup

Wash lemons and wipe them completely dry. Heat 1/3 cup of oil in a deep pan and when it is hot carefully slide in the whole lemons and gently fry them till skin becomes soft and tender. It will also changes and shades will appear on the lemon. Drain the lemons from the oil and keep aside.

Note : If you are quartering the lemons do not fry in oil. It will start oozing out water. So if you doing this process add only about two tsp of oil.
If you wish to avoid this frying process, you can steam it till the skin becomes soft or just cut lemons and sprinkle salt and keep in air tight container for one or two days before making pickle and follow the next step
Step 2: Heat the same oil in which you fried lemon. Add chopped garlic, green chilly, ginger and curry leaves and saute till the raw flavor disappears. Switch off the flame and add the dry ingredients- chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt, fenugreek powder and asafoetida and mix well. Put this back in low flame and stir for just a few seconds. Allow this to cool a bit.

Step 3:Take half of the masala and mix with vinegar and keep aside.
With the rest stuff the lemons.Take each lemon and slit open. Do not cut it all the way through.With a spoon take little of the masala and stuff into the lemon. Repeat the same process with all the lemons. Now pour over the top of the lemons the vinegar spice mixture. Allow this to cool down completely before transferring into dry air tight containers.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy


  1. very yummy and finger licking pickle :)

  2. I love lemon pickle & this looks so the colour. Nice clicks as well.

  3. simply superb...i'm drooling over here.

  4. Very tasty pickle..bookmarking this,loved the texture!!
    Erivum Puliyum

  5. The pickle color is really appetising dear!!! :)

  6. Bookmarked. Looks very tempting. Narangakari for sadya in our parts uses a very different recipe.

  7. Pickle looks so tempting and delicious. Excellent preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Very very tempting looking pickle...

  9. lemon pickle drolling me...Colorfull pickle

  10. One of my favourite pickle,thanks for sharing. Homemade is always tasty. Will try it soon.

  11. Very tempting and delicious lemon Pickle :) Nice clicks and well presented

  12. Wow. Looks so inviting and tempting.Lovely color

  13. Yummy pickle !! Would be wonderful to have it with some curd rice !!

  14. ente vaayil puli varunnu.nalla colour and super looking achar..Enjoy dear.

  15. Very tangy yummy pickel...Pickel is drooling me...

  16. wow.perfectly made pickle....drooling here

  17. looks very yummy..loved the dark colour

  18. Lip smackig, drooling, yummy.. I can go on and on!

  19. OMG this looks so tempting Suja,vayil vellam varunnu..Gorgeous color

  20. This is my favorite..YUMMY


  21. This is my favorite..YUMMY


  22. awesome pics..nice colour for the pickle :-)

  23. Adipoli..kanditu navil vellum vannu...

  24. Naranga achar looks delicious. Love them.

  25. Ooh - my mouth is watering at the pictures! So yummy with yogurt rice - wish I could have that combo now!

  26. Slurp,mouthwatering here..super tempting and terrific pickle.

  27. wow very tempting pickle,need some curd rice now to taste this pickle...

  28. vaayil kappal ottikkaam......Slurpppppppppp

  29. adipoli pickle , what kind of chili do you use loved the beautiful color.

    1. Thanks Nisha, I used Kashmiri chilly powder..

  30. naranga achaar adipoliyayittundu.... aashamsakal..........

  31. wow... lemon picke looks perfect... nice colour... thanks for sharing...

  32. this achaar with your thalassery biriyani can be such a bomb!! am making the biriyani when my sis comes down for a special visit!!!

    1. Have fun..hope you guys will have a great time.
      Do try,I am sure they will go well together:)

  33. Spicy tangy pickle....I also prepare it this way except that i cut it to quarter pieces and avoid the frying part.Also mix everything together...Next time will try this method..

  34. Yummy pickle...Remembering my childhood days

  35. wowwwwwwww....vaayil kappalodikkanulla vellamundu Suja.. looks so thick and delicious...never seen a better snap of lemon pickle than this..

  36. Thanks all for stopping by and for the encouraging comments:)

  37. Pickle luks spicy good.Yummy Lemony Pickle Dear,Droolworthy clicks 2


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