Sunday, February 26, 2012

#18 : Nimakaya Pachadi ~ The Instant Lime Pickle

Some days you write like you speak . The flow of words and thoughts are all natural . Today is one such day . This " Lime Pickle " reminds me of summer , breeze , mangoes and carefree days. Childhood is such a beautiful part of ones life . I spent most of my young years with my grand parents . I was a brat but they treated me like a princess . I threw huge tantrums to eat food but stories , chocolates and love followed . They were younger then full of energy .... 
Pickles are a integral part of Andhra cuisine. We love hot-spicy food . The most famous of those pickles are the green mango and gongura . Though readily available in stores most take pride in making them from scratch . The flavors of home made pickles are unique. No denial . I have memories of waking up early in summers to assist my grandmother to prepare these .  A time consuming laborious task ! They involve multiple stages to drying in the sun and a array of vivid spices and oils. Although complicated , I would love to learn and document all those recipes some day. But , today is this easy instant Lime Pickle. Hot rice and a bit of ghee with this pickle = mouth watering :) Yet another recipe from my awesome mom-in-law.

  • 1 Tbs Red Chilli powder (heaped)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 8 Key Limes (juiced,seeds discarded)

      For Tempering :
  • 1 Tbs Oil 
  • 1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 2 Dried Red Chillis
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek powder
  1. To the lime juice add red chilli powder , turmeric , salt and mix without lumps . The consistency should be that of a thick paste. If too runny add more red chilli powder and salt as required
  2. For Tempering - Heat oil , add mustard seeds . Once they begin to splutter add the red chilies , asafoetida and fenugreek powder and fry for a minute. Add this tempering to the lime juice mixture. Mix well . The instant lime pickle is done . Isn't it easy ?
  3. Serve with hot rice and some ghee


  1. Thinking of pickles, me and my mom are huge fans of gongura pickle. It being a trade mark of your state, I'd love an authetic home made recipe for gongura from you. Is there any chance thats coming up?

  2. Growing up in my home town with deep rooted traditions and relatives all around, I can see why you cherish memories of child hood and those good old days with simple life. I do so too, more so because life has changed so much now that I know those days are gone for ever. I pity the kids now that they miss out on all these things living abroad or in cosmopolitan cities in India.