Nimakaye karam (Lime karam)

This is an instant side dish, quick and easy to prepare.

6 Limes/ Lemons
2 tsp Urad dal – Minnapappu
2 tsp Chenna dal – Senagapappu
1 tsp Jeera
1 tsp Mustard seeds
4- 5 Red Chilies
Few curry leaves
1 tsp Red chili powder

Squeeze lime/lemon juice, add salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. Avoid using instant lemon juice.

Take 6 tsp of oil in a small skillet and when oil is hot add urad and channa dal. Then add jeera, mustard seeds, hing, red chilies, and curry leaves. Fry till nicely done, remove from flame, add red chili powder for extra spice and let cool.

Let cool. Transfer the tadka into a blender jar, leaving oil in the skillet. Dry grind tadka to a smooth powder.

Mix the ground tadka, lemon juice and the oil in the skillet and mix well.

Serve as a side dish with rice or upma. The taste leaves a tingling taste craving you for more.


Ratna said...

Hey Uma,
Nice Pachhadi.... Nice comeback after a long Gap.Actually I was thinking to prepare Lemon Pickel and Good that u posted the same. Can you please post some other varieties on Lemon...;-)

Uma. said...

Hey Ratna
Thank you very much.
This is a quick, easy karam. If you want a better shelf life pickle, you can use this summer heat and make nimakaye uragaye. Please browse through the pickles category to find more varieties.

RK said...

Yummy, goes well with either rice or dosa :)

RK said...

Yummy, goes well with either rice or dosa :)

Amy B. @ Foodista said...

Hey, welcome back! I always love side dishes with a hint of chili in it! ok fine maybe alot of chilli,,haha. So this does really do it for me ;-) Thanks for sharing, I wanna share this too to my friends in Foodista, I hope you don't mind? Just add the foodista widget for chana dal at the end of this post, and that should do it! :) Thanks, keep em coming!

Cheers from Australia,
Amy @ Foodista

Nainika said...

Nice Pachhadi...(yadaari lo neeru dorikithe yala vuntundo ala vundi)

Uma. said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. You have a nice blog going.

Uma. said...

Hey Nainika, welcome to my blog. Thank you for your thepi words. This lime karam got us all addicted at home, with rice and roti.

Please keep visiting.

Blue said...

hi, can we store it in fridge? what is the shelf life?

Uma. said...

Hey Blue,

Welcome to my blog.

Yes, it can be stored in the fridge and should be good upto a week.
Tastes better when fresh, so mix in small quantities as required.

Raji said...

Uma garu, this pickle is really a saviour, especially when I'm having cravings for andhra spicy foods. Turned out very well. Both my hubby & son just loved it. Atlast I found a food to satiate my cravings. If possible, please post other traditional menthi karam/avakaram curries adapted for english vegetables. pleaseeee.