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Sour and Spicy Lemon and Lime Pickle

I found this in Sainsbury's magazine and thought it looked interesting!

It would go with an Indian meal, but I'm not too sure what else; any ideas?

Sour and Spicy Lemon and Lime Pickle
Yield: 500ml jar
Author: Jan Bennett
Sour and Spicy Lemon and Lime Pickle

Sour and Spicy Lemon and Lime Pickle

Recipe from Sainsbury's magazine.
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 9 Min


  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 limes
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 3 tbs of vegetable oil
  • 1 good pinch of brown mustard seeds
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger - peeled and finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • A splash of white wine vinegar


  1. Cut the lemon and limes into quarters and remove their seeds, before chopping them into quarter-inch pieces.
  2. Cut the garlic in half across the bulb so that each clove is cut in half.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic halves - cut side down and fry gently for 5 minutes; until you can pinch the skin off easily with your fingers.
  4. Remove the skin and return the garlic to the pan, add the mustard seeds. When they are beginning to pop add the ginger, chilli, and turmeric.
  5. Fry the mixture together for a few seconds.
  6. Now add the vinegar, lemon and lime. Stir everything together. Take off the heat.
  7. Leave to cool, then you can store in the fridge until you need it, it will last up to a week.


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  1. I am so puckering up. This is going to be great once properly cured.

  2. Looks lurvley, must try this one Jan.


  3. Sounds fantastic. Would loveto give this a try.

  4. This looks good Jan. I've saved the recipe to put in my 'must try' file.

  5. These savoury lemon an d lime pickles do sound interesting.

  6. This looks great, Jan. I pickled something for the first time last week, I have to leave it another week before tasting, fingers crossed.

  7. It sounds pretty good Jan! I'm putting it into my "must try" file too!

  8. What a wonderful pickle. Did you eat it with an Indian meal?

  9. This looks so easy and so delicious. And it looks like it might go really well with some of that lovely looking smothered pork!

  10. Cynthia - I'm leaving it till tomorrow before trying.

    Chris, Beth, Sue, Kevin, Jan, Marie, Margaret and Tom - I'm hoping it tastes nice. We are going to have it with our Indian meal tomorrow - so I'll report back!

  11. Your photos are really good Jan!
    Looks great!

  12. Hmm - I don't know how I'd pair this up. I'm typically good at figuring these types of things out...but, not too sure. Be sure to share with us when you have a great pairing figured out.


  13. I can see why this caught your attention! I've never seen anything like it! I love all those flavors, and I look forward to reading if it paired well with your Indian dinner.


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