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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



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A tray with fresh lemon, and cut lemon with pickled lemon in a white bowl

Sweet and Sour Lemon Pickle

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Resting Time: 144 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 145 hours
  • Yield: 2-3 bottles depending on size of bottle used 1x
  • Cuisine: South African


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


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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.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 7
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 21
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 0
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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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