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Happy Mothers’ Day to all beautiful mothers! As we celebrate the beauty of motherhood, I’m amazed at how much mothers do. Growing up my Mom didn’t let us do much, while she took care of all the chores, all the cooking, cleaning, along with her job as a teacher! I don’t know how she did it tirelessly. Apart from all that, her patience with us three kids while we were forever upto something, was and still is incredible! God bless her heart. 🙂 I think we all turned out to be good kids :p because of her, her love and her concern, her care and support! You are the best, Mom!
I, like all daughters, think that my Mom makes the best food ever! There’s a certain warmth about her food, that deliciousness that can’t be found elsewhere and that secret ingredient that makes everything out of this world…. yes, the secret ingredient is love! One of the things she makes with amazing ease is pickles or achaars. The finger licking tangy-ness and yet sweetness of home made lemon pickle doesn’t compare to anything else. I absolutely love it and tried making it myself with daily inputs from Mom. She not only gave me her recipe but also secrets and tips that I want to share with everyone. I think a little motherly goodness goes a long way when it’s shared. Here you go:
Make four cuts on the lemons, leaving the pieces joined at the bottom.
Sprinkle the pieces with 1/2 cup salt.
Put them in a clean and dry glass jar.
Do not put the lid on, but instead tie a cloth on the jar.
Keep it in the sun for a day.
On the next day, you’ll see a lot of lemon juice has oozed out. That’s good. Mix in rest of the ingredients to this.
Give it a stir and keep in the sun for 6 to 10 days. Every night bring it inside, if you are keeping this outside. Also, every night give it a stir to move things around.
Depending on how thick the skin of your lemons, it could take hardly any to a lot of sun to soften them. The lemon skins will darken, that’s good! Infact well done pickle will have almost dark brown lemon skins.
Keep in the shade for 3-4 days or until everything is well integrated.
Done. Enjoy with rotis, puris, or like me, as it is. 🙂
If while the pickling process is going on, you feel things are getting too dry, add more salt. Also remember to taste it everyday, and you can always add more sugar, salt or spices if you like.
Enjoy and do write us if you have questions or comments.
Happy Mothers’ Day you all! I know I’m late, but I have a good reason, I was too busy enjoying with my lovely Mom. 🙂
Note on 4/23/2010: After feedback from S, I found that the amount of salt is really variable depending on how juicy and big the lemons are. Last year when I made this I had to use 1/2 cup salt, but this year I was ok with 3/8 cup, whereas S found that 1/2 cup was wayyyy too much! So, I suggest starting with 1/4 cup and adding more if needed.