Why This Recipe Works
Lime pickle is a pungent, salty, savory, and spicy condiment served alongside most Indian meals (it's often on the table in Indian restaurants). It's made by treating lime pieces with salt and letting them ferment at room temperature until the pith has tenderized and the flesh is soft. We found that this process worked most efficiently if the spices and oil were held back until the limes were fully softened. Our recipe uses a moderate amount of salt, a balanced blend of spices, and a touch of sugar to round out the lime pickle's flavor.