HOME MADE LIME PICKLES
After it gets Marinated, That day you prepare the Pickle spicy powder. To Prepare the spicy powder, Take a clean wok roast the fenugreek seeds without oil and keep aside, Then roast Mustard seeds and keep aside, then roast Red chillies broken with just a 1/4 tsp of oil in a very low flame (But, if you are using ground chilli powder dry roast them in a wok for a few minutes), Once all the ingredients are finely roasted and cooled put it in a dry grinder (mixie) to make a fine powder with 1/4 tsp of Asafoetida, Take a wide mouthed big bowl and pour all the marinated lime into it then Add this powder to the marinated limes and mix well,
Now take 1/2 cup of oil heat it up and 1 tbsp of Mustard seeds, keep the oil in a low flame once they splutter put of the stove and keep it aside until it is cool, Once the oil is cool pour it into the Marinated lime spicy mixture, mix thoroughly and let it rest for few minutes
Now your Lime pickle is ready......
Now the pickle is ready. You can put this back into the same container and this kind of pickle stays for a long duration of time...they can be stored up to 7 to 8 months if it is still left over!!
Take an other look at my lovely mouthwatering pickle.
I squeeze 4 to 5 Lime juices into it than avoiding adding water which ensures more shelf life.
Do not store pickles in steel containers as acid in the pickle and salt will cut the steel and you will have a hole!!.
If you want to use water boil the water thoroughly so the impurities are destroyed and allow it to cool down and then add.
Adding more oil keeps the pickle in good condition for a long time, I do not use too much or too little oil. Keeping this in the sun will give the process a boost in marinating and also shelf life, (But, I have never kept my pickles in sun, I just leave them on the counter top here as sunshine is something I get only in summer).
When I was in India I used to add Maakali beru, Manga Ingi (kind of ginger), to these pickles which gives a great smell and taste to the pickle, Maakali and Manga Ingi does not need any marinating and can be added at the end of the process too.. I also use few green chillies which I marinate with the limes cut them into small pieces and add them to the lime. This time I didn't use anything with it.
You can also add Fresh turmeric and fresh Green peppers too.., If you are using peppers reduce the quantity of chilies in it.
Health tips: Not a very healthy option, that is why use a little at a time!, as pickles have lot of oil and salt (that too shop bought ones) it is not good for people with high Blood pressure.
Hope you enjoy my pickles.. sorry only viewing... and please try it out and tell me how it turned out....do please remember chillies may be different so it is better know your chillies and chilli powder, so you can increase or decrease to your liking.... c u soon...