Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe (Naranga Achaar)

Sweet & Spicy lemon pickle with added jaggery that is good to store for a year or more

Susan Abraham
Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe (Naranga Achaar)
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Lime Pickle Recipe also known as the Naranga Achaar is delicious when homemade. The addition of jaggery to the pickle makes is unique and add a subtle sweetness that is delectable to the palate. You can make this and store it for year or more. Serve Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe (Naranga Achaar) along with Cabbage Paneer Parathas Recipe and curd. You can also serve it with steamed riceVendakkai Vengayam Sambar Recipe (Okra in Tangy Lentil Curry) and Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad)

If you like this recipe, here are a few more pickle recipes that you would also want to keep handy

  1. Gor Keri Recipe
  2. Spicy Tomato Pickle Recipe
  3. Mango Pickle (Andhra Avakaya) Recipe
  4. Instant Mixed Vegetable Pickle Recipe


  • Use prime, fresh ingredients. 
  • Always store pickles in Glass jar. 
  • Wash and sterilise Glass containers thoroughly. Dry them, with a clean kitchen towel. 
  • Ensure Pickles are well covered in their respective liquid to prevent fungus.  Lids must be airtight. 
  • Label and date each jar.
  • Traditionally in India, after making pickle, they are stored in glass or porcelain jars and kept in the heat of the Sun in Summers, this helps in tenderising the skin, and . In cold countries what we could do is to keep this bottle near to the cooking range, while you are cooking.
  • Sesame Seed Oil – It is one of the most fragrant and flavourful oils, with a nutty taste. North Indians use Mustard Oil in pickles, while South Indians use Sesame seed Oil.

Cuisine: Indian
Course: Appetizer
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Glass Mixing Bowl
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

60 M

Total in

80 M


4 Cups


  • 700 grams Lemons , approx 700 grams
  • Water , to cover the Limes by 1 inch
  • Salt , to taste 
  • Ingredients for the Pickle Masala
  • 15 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 50 grams Ginger , finely chopped
  • 4 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 cup Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery

How to make Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe (Naranga Achaar)

  1. To begin making the Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe, in a large sauce pan; bring to boil the whole limes with water and salt. Reduce to medium flame and and simmer for 20 minutes until the lemons are soft. Drain the liquids and allow the lemons to cool. Once cooled cut into small bits (what we did was – cut each Lime into 8 quarters, further each quarter into 3-4 pieces)

  2. In a small bowl, combine the chilli and turmeric powder in a small amount of water to make a paste and keep aside. By mixing masala powder in water, it prevents the powders from burning as soon as they hit the hot pan.

  3. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat; add in the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Then add in the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and stir for about a minute.

  4. Stir in the chopped ginger and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes on medium flame. Add in the powder paste and stir for 4 minutes. Next add in the chopped lemonds and stir well, check for salt and adjust to taste. Finally add in the jaggery and turn off the heat. Stir all the ingredients until well combined. Allow the mixture to cool. 

  5. In a separate pan, add in the vinegar and bring it to a boil. Once cooled stir it into the Spicy Lime Pickle mixture. Transfer to a glass jar and store. You can serve Spicy Lime Pickle Recipe (Naranga Achaar) with Cabbage Paneer Parathas Recipe and curd. You can also serve it with steamed riceVendakkai Vengayam Sambar Recipe (Okra in Tangy Lentil Curry) and Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad)