Limbu Marchu nu Atthanu

Preserved Lemon and Green Chillies

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1 jar

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Biting Biting: Snacking Gujarati-Style

By Urvashi Roe

Published 2022

  • About

On my wedding day I carried a little bundle of green chillies and a small lemon tied to my saree. My husband thought my mum had gone mad when she gave him a bundle to put in his pocket. Why? Well lemon and green chillies are a winning combination to ward off evil spirits. Perhaps this is why we always have this pickle in the house?


  • 16 green chillies
  • 8 small lemons
  • 2 tbsp salt


Slit the chillies vertically and remove the seeds. You want to keep them whole and intact but with the slit to allow the flavours to infuse. Cut the lemons into quarters and remove any seeds. Toss the salt, sugar and turmeric together in a bowl. Add the chopped lemons and chillies and toss together, rubbing the lemons with the salt and sugar mixture.

Leave to rest for 30 minutes, then a