When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives extra lemons, make lemon pickle (or lemon pickle and more lemonade!)
On our recent trip to the whole foods market, we got a bag of extra lemons, and I used it for making this easy Lemon – Pepper Pickle. I usually get a bottle of a variety of pickles whenever I meet my mum. We were out of lemon pickle this time and made this at home instead.
Lemon – Pepper Pickle is one of the easiest pickle recipe that I learned from my mum. This is one of the traditional pickles used in Karnataka region of India. 4 ingredient lemon pickle just takes one day to marinate unlike other Indian pickle recipes which usually takes about 15-20 days to marinate
This is a spicy- sour pickle with the goodness of pepper in every bite, and it is completely oil-free. All you need to do is wait for lemon to soften a little, and use it however you want.
It stays fresh at room temperature for over a month, and can be stored in refrigerator for about a year! The pickle serves as a flavour enhancer and can be eaten in small quantities with rest of your meal. It comes really handy when you want to quickly enhance the flavour of your dish.
How to make Lemon Pepper Pickle?
4 ingredients are all you need to make Lemon Pepper Pickle. Salt, water, lemon, and pepper. That’s it. If you love ginger, you can add it to the mix.
In a pot, bring water to boil. Add salt, lemon and pepper. Turn off the flame. Cover and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
When the mixture has cooled completely, transfer lemon pepper pickle to a sterilized airtight glass jar.
Lemon Pepper Pickle
- 15 lemons
- 3 tbsp pepper
- 1 +1/2 cup water
- 1 +1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp grated ginger optional
- In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add salt.
- Add chopped lemons, pepper, and ginger(if needed)
- Turn off the flame, close the lid, and let it stay in for 5 mins.
- and allow it to cool down completely.
- Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight glass jar, and store it in a cool place.
- Wait for the lemon to soften before you start using the pickle (Usually takes around 3-4 days)
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