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26 August, 2015

Zero-Oil, 5-Ingredient Lime Pickle for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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Team DFT celebrates Raksha Bandhan which represents the love and respect between siblings along with Onam which is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival.

Growing up, my siblings and I did not favor sweet dishes very much. We leaned more towards spicy, and loved to taste those fresh Indian pickles that mom would make at home. This week being Rakshabandhan special in DFT, I thought of bringing a very simple but tasty pickled lime “Oorugai ” (in Tamil) or “Achaar” (in Hindi).

My mother in law is now visiting us this summer, and I took the opportunity to learn her method of making this. It is even more exciting, super healthy and diabetic friendly! It does not have a drop of oil and has ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS!!! The hardest part in this recipe is to wait patiently for a few (5-7) days. The longer you let the limes soak and marinate in its own juice, the tastier it gets.

Lemons/ limes are more than storehouses of vitamin C. They have anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, and are supposed to delay the digestion of sugars. Doesn’t that sound like great news for diabetics? Here’s more information:



So here it is, my mother in law’s recipe:


Zero Oil, 5-Ingredient Lime Pickle

  • Servings: about 50
  • Time: 5-7 days
  • Difficulty: easy
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big green limes- 6

Thai or Indian green chillies- 7-8

ginger (peeled and grated/ chopped fine)-2 tbsp.

turmeric powder-2-3 tbsp.

salt-1/3 cup or to taste (use crystal salt or “kal uppu”, if available)


1. Wash limes thoroughly in a container of (about a gallon of) water mixed with a teaspoon of vinegar.

2. Dry them using a cloth. Cut the limes into quarters and then further into smaller pieces, if necessary.

3. Slit green chillies. They can also be cut into smaller pieces if desired.

4. Mix the limes with green chillies and grated ginger.

5. Take a big sterilized glass jar with lid. Add cut limes in a layer, add a layer of salt. Repeat the process till all the limes are in the jar.

6. Add turmeric powder,  shake once and set aside on the counter top.

7. Every once a day, shake the jar to evenly mix the contents.

8. After about a week, the pickle is ready. Savor one tablespoon of it with yogurt rice as south-Indians do, or with your favorite curries!

9. Store in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.

Sharing this at the Plant Based Linky Party #59 at Deborah’s blog Urban Naturale.

Check out what all my friends have made for DFT to celebrate Rakshabandhan or Onam:

Shailja: Rajma/ Kidney Beans Arancini 

Sonal: Ragi Vermicelli

Prachi: Stir Fried Vegetable Kadhi

Srividhya: Jackfruit Seed Thoran

Swati: Grilled Barbeque Paneer and Mushroom

Chahat: Green Peas Ghugni

Parvathy: Pumpkin Erissery

Sarika: Daal Macaroni

Suchitra: Pathrade/ Patra 


20 thoughts on : Zero-Oil, 5-Ingredient Lime Pickle for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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  • Sonal
    August 27, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Loved it Apsara! I have to try making this achar!❤️

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Sure! Let me know how it turns out, Sonal. ♥

  • Swati
    August 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Apasara..I am going to try this …Easy lime pickle ..thanks for the recipe dear

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:22 am

      You’re welcome, dear. I hope you like it as much as we did!

  • August 27, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Drooling.. Curd rice and this. yummmmm

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Oh, yes! Best combination, ever.

  • August 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    This is looking like an oil free pickle my mom used to make and i loved it . I am so going to try it soon 🙂

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Absolutely, Prachi. Do try it. xx

  • August 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I have never tried pickle without oil….this s brilliant.. Kiddos to ur mother in law

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Yes, Vidhya. I’m learning new “traditional” recipes with more interest these days. ♥

  • August 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    This is a great recipe, Apsara. I will make it for sure!

    • apsara
      September 1, 2015 at 1:25 am

      Thank you, Sandhya.

  • September 1, 2015 at 2:29 am

    This is lovely Apsara, pickle without oil…

  • September 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I was drooling seeing the pics 🙂 its awesum 🙂

  • September 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    We call this pickle kanchi in konkani. It is a perfect accompaniment to kanji at night.

  • September 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    A very interesting dish for me! It looks yum!

    • apsara
      September 25, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      thanks, dear.

  • Nancy Caccioppo
    November 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Thank you Apsara,
    My taste tends to salt and sour,
    I am going to try this for it sounds powerpacked,
    the peppers, ginger and turmeric, if that does not keep your body, running well, I do not know what will.
    And thank you, for keeping things Healthy

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