Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thidir Elumichangai (Instant Lemon Pickle)

Thidir means sudden in Tamil.
This pickle is generally made in weddings.
This lasts long in the fridge as long as you take care of it. ( By not using a wet spoon or accidentally dropping some water in it)

You will need
5 yellow lemons
Pickle chili powder (this is different from the red chili powder, since they use different kind of red chillies, if you don't have it, you can use red chili powder)
Red Chillies

Wash the lemons, and put them in a vessel and cover them with water.
Let the water come to a boil and let it boil for a good 10 minutes.
now drain the water slowly and wait for the lemons to cool.
Take them out and cut them the way you want.
Save all the juice and put it all back in the vessel
now spread the mixture flat in the vessel and dived in 4 parts.
You will need chili powder as much as the 1/4th part of the lemon. and salt about 3/4th of the chili powder. Hing will be less than 1/4th of the salt.
(This is all done in proportions)
3/4th of lemon = chili powder
3/4th of chili powder = salt
1/4th of Salt=hing
Now add the chili powder and salt and hing.
In a separate vessel heat up oil (enough to cover the lemons) and add the mustard and red chillies and once the mustard sputters, pour it over the mixture and mix immediately.
Make sure the lemon is completely soaked in oil.
One it cools, carefully store in a dry container and store in fridge.


Rupa said...

Lovely pickle..Nice click..My family eats a bottle of Mother's recipe pickle a week...So this recipe will come in handy for me..Thanks for sharing

Vandana said...

Thank You Rupa! I visited your site and loved your metal clicks too!!

sneha said...

do i relly need to say anything??
You're a champion in making pickles as well as eating them! :P

Vandana said...

Thanks! I love to make and eat pickles!

Anonymous said...; You saved my day again.

Anonymous said...

first u mentioned 1/4th of lemon is chilli then u have told 3/4 lemon is chilly. could you clarify.

Vandana said...

3/4th of lemon = chili powder
3/4th of chili powder = salt
1/4th of Salt=hing
this is what I mean.

Once the lemons are cooked, divide in to 4 portions and then start measuring the rest. Its as simple as that.