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Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickle

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Pickles are popular condiments, so why not try these delicious and outstanding Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickle Recipe


Yield: 2-3 bottles depending on size of bottle used

Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickle

Lemons for Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickles

These are so delicious and packed with so much flavor, yet made with only 3 ingredients.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 6 days
Total Time 6 days 1 hour


  • 20 Lemons
  • 1 Cup Methi Masala (with salt added)
  • I cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup castor sugar


Wash lemons thoroughly.

Place whole lemons in a large pot of water and boil for about half an hour.

Drain out the water and allow it to cool completely.

Cut lemons in quarters and remove all the pips.

This is a tedious process but worth it to avoid having that bitter taste in the pickle.

Place a layer of the lemons in a flat glass casserole dish or any flat dish for that matter.

Sprinkle the methi masala over the lemon pieces.

Continue layering and sprinkling the masala.

Add salt as you are layering if your masala is not already mixed with salt.

Pour the vinegar over and allow to soak for 2-3 days.

Finally, sprinkle a cup of sugar over all of the lemons and stir through and allow to stand for another 2-3 days.

Your pickle will be ready to eat.

Bottle and refrigerate as soon as possible as I find that the sugar causes the pickle to spoil very quickly.


Removing the pips is a tedious process but worth it to avoid having that bitter taste in the pickle.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 4gSugar 12gProtein 2g

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Post updated February 15, 2021

Prepared, tried, and tested by Mani Seetal

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6 thoughts on “Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickle”

    • Hi Laurie, Thank you so much for popping in and looking at this recipe. It goes so well as an accompaniment with rice dishes and curries or just with a piece of roti.

    • Cherie, I hope you do try it out and please remember to then rate the recipe and leave a review as its super helpful to me and others. Thanks and hope to hear back from you


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