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Lemon Chutney is a versatile, easy to make, flavourful, spicy Indian style chutney. What I like about this recipe is that if you add enough oil, it stays fresh in the fridge for months. It is actually a much quicker version of the Gujarati lemon pickle or limbu nu athanu.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course chutney, condiment
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 1 cup


  • 2 large lemons or 5 small Indian Lemons
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder hot
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seed powder
  • ½ - ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup oil
  • 2-3 cups water


  • Wash the lemons properly. Put them in a saucepan with enough water.
  • Cover the pan and put it on medium heat.
  • Let the whole lemons simmer in the water till soft and done. This takes about 10 -15 minutes.
  • Remove the lemons from the water and let them cool down a bit. Don't throw away the water. Read the tip below on how to use this aromatic water.
  • Cut the lemon into wedges and remove the seeds. Cut off the thick white pith at the top. Sometimes it is easier to snip off the white pith with a pair of scissors.
  • Put the chopped lemon along with the sugar in a food processor and process to a coarse paste.
  • Heat oil on a pan over low heat. Make sure the oil is not too hot. It will burn the spices.
  • Add red chilli powders and turmeric powder.
  • Immediately add the pureed lemon.
  • Mix well. Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add salt, coriander and fennel powders.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve the chutney with parathas, dosa, cheela, as a sandwich spread or with any snack.
  • Store the chutney in an airtight jar and in the fridge.


  • I put the water in which the lemons were boiled into a spray bottle and sprayed the house with it. Had the lemon scent at least for a couple of hours.
  • Add hot chilli powder according to your taste.
  • Roast coriander and fennel seeds before you powder it.
  • Store leftover chutney in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Add more hot oil to the chutney so that it lasts longer. Drizzle the spicy oil over dhokla, khichu, muthiya, etc.
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