Lime pickle with a 'sweet' twist

Lime pickle with a 'sweet' twist

The elaborate Malayali platter is incomplete without some spicy and tangy pickle in it. We have a special affinity to the spicy lime pickle, even as we love to pickle any fruit or vegetable that is abundantly available in our courtyards. Here is a special recipe of the lime-dates pickle, in which the sweetness from the dates perfectly complements the spicy, tangy lime. Many types of dates are available in the markets these days. Expensive dates which melts pretty quickly isn't suitable for this pickle. The ordinary dates would give it the perfect taste and texture.


500 gms kaffir limes

300 gms dates (sliced)

Sesame oil as required

Mustard seeds as required

1 tsp fenugreek

20 gms asafoetida

12 green chillies (chopped)

50 gms ginger (chopped)

50 gms garlic (chopped)

100 gms pickle powder

100 gms Kashmiri chilli powder

100 ml vinegar

Salt as required

Turmeric powder as required

50 gms sugar

Curry leaves


Cut the kaffir limes into small wedges

Add some turmeric powder and salt into it and mix well

Heat some sesame oil in a pan and add mustard seeds

When the mustard seeds pop, add the fenugreek seeds and roast until it changes colour

Add curry leaves and chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies

Sauté for sometime before adding lime wedges

When the lime wedges turn softer, add the dates

Into it add pickle powder, Kashmiri chilli powder and asafoetida

When these powders are roasted well, add some vinegar and hot water to thin it

Add some salt and sugar

Mix well.