One of the most popular achars (pickles) is a lemon pickle.

I have seen my mom make various achars/pickles and enjoyed them when I was young. Recently I learned that lemons are highly alkaline and good for digestion. So my taste buds prompted me to try this tantalizing recipe for myself. The traditional flavor is back in a new form!

To make it healthier, I’ve reduced the salt, sugar, and oil . I am sure you will love it too.


  • 5 lemon cut into cubes
  • 5 lemon squeezed into juice
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin & fenugreek seeds (roasted and crushed)
  • 1 tsp sugar (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric

For Tampering:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of astofedia

How to make:

1. Cut the lemons into cubes. Set aside.Cut Lemons

2. Store lemon cubes. Add salt and turmeric. Shake it properly  so it is coated with salt evenly.

store in a jar
store in a jar

3. Store and stir evenly so lemon pieces starts to get soften and tender to touch. Repeat this step for fifteen days.

4. Take lemon pieces out in a bowl , add spices, add sugar, and temper with oil. Mix them properly and store in a clean air tight container.

Lemon pickle is ready to serve with your meals. Great news about lemon pickle is that as it ages it is more tasty. Enjoy!

Lemon pickle/achar
Lemon pickle/achar