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nimbu ka achaar

Nimbu ka Achaar without oil recipe | Lemon Pickle | Lime Pickle

This is a super easy recipe to make delicious nimbu ka achaar without oil. This tasty pickle is ready to eat in 10 days and goes excellent as a side with any meal.
Course Accompaniment | Pickle, Pickle | Side
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword lemon pickle, nimbu achaar, nimbu ka achaar without oil
recipe nimbu ka achaar, nimbu ka achaar without oil
Prep Time 30 minutes
Time for sunning 10 days
Total Time 10 days 30 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 34kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 15 lemons washed and dried
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. carrom seeds ajwain
  • 2 tbsp. black salt
  • 1/2 tsp. asafetida
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. ginger
  • 8 green chillies


  • Wash and dry the lemons well.
  • Cut them into halves, quarters or eight parts as I did. Remove the seeds.
  • Now take a large pan. Add in the salts, chilli powder, asafetida or hing, carrom seeds (ajwaiand turmeric and mix well.
  • Now add in the chopped chillies and ginger. You can skip these if you want a plain lemon pickle without oil or plain nimbu ka achaar.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and add to a sterilized and dry pickle jar. Use glass or ceramic barnis (jars). Sterilize with some hot water and dry in the sun if possible.
  • Now comes the maturing part. You will need to keep this glass jar out in the sun from morning to evening during sunlight hours. Shake it well every day and remember to take it inside during the night.
  • I needed about 10 days in the sun for the lemon pickle to mature and for the peel to soften. The pickle will reduce in volume as water comes out of lemons.
  • Mix well and it is ready to eat.


1. The lime pickle will keep maturing over time. You can keep this spicy nimbu achaar for a year if it lasts that long.
2. Since this lemon pickle without oil has no preservatives, ensure that you only put in a dry spoon and do not allow any moisture to get in.
3. It will make a great side dish to your food. Did you know that nimbu achar is great for your digestion and if you are recuperating after a sickness, it helps to restore taste back to your palate.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1208mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg