Nothing can beat the flavors of home made pickle. And I admit the fact that at my home all are pickle lovers. So I do stock lot of them. Indian platter seems to be incomplete without a pickle in it. And we South Indians love the plain rice mixed with yogurt and pickle. Simplest food of all, but it calms down the hunger pangs giving us the feeling of completeness. Practically Summer is the pickling season but some pickling happens in Winter too. Because winter is the season when fresh lemons are copious in the market. And obviously these super tangy, sour lemons trigger your pickle mind towards it. Can you ignore the urge to pickle? No not at all. Just like me!! Last week I made a big jar full of spicy lemon pickle and sweet lemon pickle which accompany our meal for more than 6 months from now. Happy me!!
I would like to list down some points on spicy lemon pickle. So lets get down.
- Lemon pickle tastes at it’s best as it matures. Meaning the older the pickle the tastier it gets. Though this rule is general for all kind of pickles, I emphasize it on lemon pickle in particular. Because lemon features bit of bitterness which subsides considerably as the pickle matures.
- The pickle sitting at the corner for more than few months would turn very soft and would have absorbed all the spice flavors in it. Which is what we look for in any pickle isn’t it? So let your pickle mature for at least 2 months.
- Remove and discard the seeds from lemon which tastes damn weird in pickle. If you happen to bite a lemon seed while eating spicy lemon pickle, your face would turn ugly in expression of dis-taste. So let’s get away from bitterly seeds.
So What next? When nature gifts you some tangy lemons, try making this awesome long lasting spicy lemon pickle and relish every bit of it for several months!!