Pickled Lime Wedges (Achar Limau)

    50 minutes

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

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    Serves: 100 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 kg small limes
    • 450g assorted fresh chillis
    • 20 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
    • 220g fresh ginger, chopped
    • 3 sprigs fresh curry leaves
    • 2 tablespoons mustard seed
    • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
    • 4 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
    • 3 cups vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste

    Preparation:35min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry as many of the limes as will comfortably fit until the skin changes to a light golden brown. Repeat with remaining oil and limes. Set aside to cool.
    2. Wipe off the limes and cut each one into 4 wedges. If you have big limes, cut into 8 wedges.
    3. Blend the chillis, garlic, ginger and curry leaves into a smooth paste in a food processor, adding a splash of oil if needed.
    4. 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.
    5. Add the lime wedges and vinegar to the oil mixture and stir.
    6. Transfer the fruit to sterilized jars or bottles and pour in an equal amount of the oil mixture liquid, making sure the fruit is covered. Stir with a thin spatula to remove air bubbles.
    7. 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.

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