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Monday 24 February 2020

Lemon Chutney

This sweet, tangy and spicy lemon chutney made with winter special lemons is sure to pep-up your meals. With an instant, no-cook recipe you just require 4 ingredients, 5 minutes and a grinder jar to make this delicious lemon chutney. The best part about this chutney is that you use the lemons along with their skin. I have replaced sugar with jaggery in this recipe. This oil-free, chutney is vegan and gluten-free and can be served as a lip-smacking dip with snacks, breakfast or along with your everyday meals. It can also be paired with your favorite fasting foods (vrat ka khana). The chutney stays good in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about 2 months.

Condiments like chutneys and pickles form an integral part of Indian Cuisine. You will almost always find a chutney, pickle, dip or preserve served by the side of the main course meal in a typical Indian thali. You will find a variety of dry and wet chutneys in Indian cuisine. Chutneys that are instant have usually short shelf life while pickles and preserves are made using seasonal fruits and veggies and preserved whole year-round. Chutneys and dips can pep-up any snack, breakfast, chaat or an everyday meal.

What goes into this Instant Lemon Chutney:

This lemon chutney is made using just 4 basic ingredients present in any kitchen pantry - lemons, jaggery, salt, and red chili powder. You require winter season's fresh, juicy lemons that are yellow in color, without any blemishes, and with thin skin. This is very important as the lemons with thick skin will make the chutney bitter as we use the whole lemons here along with its skin. The lemons are cut into small pieces, seeds and the pith is discarded. These lemon pieces are ground along with chili powder, salt, and sweetener to get a coarse chutney. I have replaced sugar with jaggery in this recipe. The point to be remembered is that the quantity of sweeter should be little more than the lemon paste. You may use powdered jaggery or grated one. Red chili powder gives this tangy and sweet chutney a desirable spicy kick making it all the more delectable. The added salt balances all the flavors of this lemon chutney. This chutney is a burst of flavors. It is a delicious blend of tangy, sweet, spicy and mildly bitter taste

Variations to this Lemon Chutney

My MIL makes a lemon marmalade by cooking grated lemons with sugar. In this recipe, lemons are kept into a freezer overnight and then the whole lemons are grated along with seeds. The grated frozen lemon is mixed with sugar, red chili powder, and salt and cooked in a saucepan until a jam consistency is achieved. This lemon preserve stays good for about a year on refrigeration and tastes fantastic.

Best from Waste @FoodieMondayBlogHop

This week on our Facebook gourmet group, Foodie Monday Blog Hop it was Archana di's turn to choose the theme for our 235th week. Archana di is a versatile blogger and blogs at themadscientistskitchen. I look upon her space for authentic Goan recipes. She also has many delicious and easy-to-do food recipes from around the globe. I have tried Sweet potato bruschetta from her blog and it was a hit at my place. This time she suggested that we come up with food recipes that aim at zero wastage of food. Did you know that our Indian Cuisine has many dishes made from the ingredients one might consider as wastes? For instance, in Maharashtrian Cuisine, we have a chutney made with peels of ridge gourd and believe me it tastes awesome. Similarly, Punjabi Cuisine has a curry using the tender peels of green peas. It was a delight to see Archana di come up with gobi-ke-denthal-ki-sabzi ( a dry curry made using discarded stems of cauliflower) from Punjabi Cuisine. Usually, lemon juice or its zest is used as flavorant in many dishes. Lemon peels are very bitter and usually discarded. This instant lemon chutney is my humble contribution towards the theme,as in this case, we can eat the lemon peels also. So, let's get started.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: Nil
Serves:1/2 cup chutney

  • 4 medium-size lemons
  • 2 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup jaggery powder
  • Salt to taste

  1. Rinse the lemons well and pat dry using a kitchen towel. Cut each lemon into 8 pieces. Discard the pith and seeds. Transfer the lemon pieces to a chutney jar of grinder and make a coarse paste of it.

2. Add red chili powder, grated or powdered jaggery, and salt to taste to the lemon paste. Pulse 1-2 times so that all the ingredients blend well with each other. Do a taste test and add more red chili powder or salt or jaggery if required.

3. Our delicious, no-cook lemon chutney is ready to serve. Transfer the chutney to a clean dry glass jar with a close-fitting lid and refrigerate until use.

4. Serve the lemon chutney with any snack or breakfast dishes or with your everyday meal.


Recipe Notes:
  • Select fresh, juicy lemons that are yellow in color, without any blemishes, and with thin skin to make this chutney.
  • Make sure you discard all the seeds and the pith of the lemon or the chutney will taste bitter.
  • The quantity of jaggery to be added is a little more than the quantity of lemon paste obtained.
  • The amount of red chili powder can be adjusted as per your spice tolerance.
  • As this chutney is raw, it needs to be refrigerated in an airtight container for better shelf life.
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  1. What an interesting way to relish lemons, Poonam!! Amazing lemon chutney recipe, that too, instant. I love the fact that it requires no heating too.

    1. Thank you Ravneet. Do give it a try and share your feedback with us.

  2. Poonam, thank you for sharing this recipe, I was looking for a chutney recipe which is chatpata and easy to make... this fits the bill. Quick and easy to make.. hoping to try it out soon.

    1. Glad you liked this instant lemon chutney recipe di. Will look forward to your feedback once you try it out. Thank you.

  3. What a lovely recipe! I can imagine the beautiful tangy, spicy, salty, sweet flavours of this chutney. Sounds so very inviting. I'll surely be trying this out some time soon. :)

    1. You are right Priya. This lemon chutney is indeed flavorful. Thank you. Hope your family loves it as much as we do.

  4. Delicious n flavorful chutney. I have heard of this chutney, eaten it too but not tried it. Love the awesome color and actually my mouth is watering here.

    1. Thank you di. Do give it a try. Yes this lemon chutney is appealing both to eyes and taste buds.

  5. love the bright color of this chutney. looks so delicious and tempting.so simple and quick to make.

  6. Chutney looks mouthwatering Poonam. Such a simple easy yet delicious recipe. Method is also easy. I would love to have it as a dip. I can imagine the tangy hot and lipsmacking taste. Loved the bright red colour.

  7. No cook lemon chutney recipe looks so lip smacking!! will love to try this soon!!

  8. This lemon chutney sounds fantastic. Lovely colour and so quick to make. Intrigued to try it out sometime.

  9. wow ! lemon peel too used in a pickle. wont it taste bitter, Poonam ? I am sure to try a small batch of this as we all loved the Amla pickle made from ur blog !!

  10. Oil-free chutney using lemons !!!! love to have in my lunch spread or even with some paratha ;) amazing one with mixed tastes of tangy, sweet and spicy :)