Pickled Lime Wedges (Achar Limau)

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Quantities in Australian International Measurements. This is a staple full-flavored additive in South East Asia to steamed rice or as a sambal to curries from India to Vietnam.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 quarts


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds small limes

  • 1 pound assorted fresh chile peppers

  • 1 ½ cups chopped garlic

  • 1 cup chopped fresh ginger root

  • 3 sprigs fresh curry leaves

  • 2 tablespoons mustard seed

  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds

  • 4 ½ cups distilled white vinegar

  • 3 cups vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry as many of the limes as will comfortably fit in the skillet until the skin changes to a light golden brown. Repeat with remaining oil and limes. Set aside to cool. Wipe off the limes and cut each one into 4 wedges. If you have big limes, cut into 8 wedges.

  2. In the container of a food processor, combine the chile peppers, garlic, ginger, and curry leaves. Blend into a smooth paste, adding a splash of oil if needed.

  3. Heat 3 cups of oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the mustard and fenugreek seeds and fry until they pop. Stir in the paste from the food processor and simmer for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

  4. Add the lime wedges and vinegar to the oil mixture. Transfer the fruit to sterilized jars or bottles and pour in an equal amount of liquid, making sure the fruit is covered. Stir with a thin spatula to remove air bubbles. Cover with lids and rings, sealing the jars tightly. This pickle can be eaten right away, but improves after a few weeks in a cool dark place.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 100
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.