Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe – Kerala Style Naranga Achar Recipe

Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe is a spicy and tangy Kerala style pickled recipe made with lemons. This lemon pickle gives a unique flavor and is good for digestion.

instant lemon pickle recipe

The last Saturday we had gone out to one of our favorite destinations here – Pheonix mall.

Now while it is a mall, we love going there because of the environment around the mall. Saturdays are buzzing with a lot of entertainment and engaging activities in and around the mall.

This week we came across a talented bunch of youngsters who call themselves “Project Mishram“. They are a band that plays some nice Fusion – Carnatic Classical with Western music. Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe

We spent a good amount of time listening to them and we simply enjoyed every single moment.

When I see such talented people, I ask a question to myself. If their parents hadn’t nurtured these talents and had asked them to focus on their academics only, would we have seen them performing like this?

Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe

There is tremendous talent around us. Every kid is born with a talent and our responsibility as parents and elders is to find that talent and encourage them to pursue that.

Since today’s recipe has a South Indian touch to it, Project MishraM blended nicely into the topic. That’s what is called Fusion. Isn’t it?

Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe

Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe – Kerala Style Naranga Achar Recipe

Instant Lemon Pickle is an easy recipe to make. Most of the time people in  Kerala makes this instant pickle during marriages. Since pickle is one of the constituents of the Onam Sadya, this Instant lemon pickle and Kadumaga Achaar becomes the ideal pickle recipes.

instant lemon pickle

Instant Lemon Pickle

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 Small Jar
Calories: 784 kcal
Author: Puja
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  • 8 Lemon
  • 4 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 4-5 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Rinse lemons well in water.
  2. Then wipe them dry with a kitchen napkin.
  3. Make sure that there is no moisture or water on the lemons before you proceed to the next step.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a kadai or pan. Keep the flame to low.
  5. Add the lemons to it and fry the lemons for 2 to 3 minutes stirring in between.

  6. The lemons should not crack. If you see that they start cracking then immediately remove from the pan.
  7. Now with the help of slotted spoon remove the lemons in a plate and let them cool down.
  8. Once it gets cold chop them into eight pieces, remove all the seeds.

  9. Now take a bowl add 2 cups of water and chilli powder. Mix well and set aside.
  10. Now in the same pan or kadhai, heat 3 tbsp sesame oil. Keep the flame to low.
  11. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add 1/2 tsp of asafoetida to it.
  12. Keep the flame low and add water mixed with chilli powder. Let it boil.
  13. Add salt to taste.
  14. Once it gets boiled turn off the gas. Let it cool down.
  15. Once it gets cold add lemon pieces and mix everything well.

  16. Check the salt and if required add more to it.
  17. So the instant Lemon Pickle is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

This lemon pickle stays good for about 30-45 days if refrigerated.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Lemon Pickle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 784 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Fat 60g92%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 1402mg40%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 28g117%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 3390IU68%
Vitamin C 457.9mg555%
Calcium 292mg29%
Iron 7.5mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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15 thoughts on “Instant Lemon Pickle Recipe – Kerala Style Naranga Achar Recipe”

  1. You make a really good point about fostering and encouraging creativity, Puja. The challenge is figuring out how to channel that creativity…and which channel to focus on! Sounds like you had a great time at the mall on Saturday night. Also, these pickled lemons sound tasty. I’ve been wanting to try pickled lemons, and now I’ve got a recipe! 🙂

  2. You always teach me something new here Puja….I’ve never in my life thought to pickle lemons! What a great way to utilize them in a new way. They must add such a unique flavor to dishes!

  3. My mom loves lemon pickle and your recipe sounds delicious, Puja – thanks so much for sharing. That is pretty cool that Phoenix Mall has a program where youngsters get to showcase their talents – you are spot on, as parents, we should help nurture our kids talents – when I was a youngster, i used to love to draw and my dad would make sure to enter me into every contest he could – even acted as my “manager” and commissioned work for me! Hope you have a wonderful week.


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