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Stuffed Lime Pickle/bhare Nimboo Ka Aacha

200 limes
1 1/4 lb dried red chiles
1 c mustard seeds
1/2 c cumin seeds
1/2 c onion seeds
1 lb garlic cloves; peeled
1 lb salt
3 3/4 c mustard oil
12 green chiles

Squeeze the juice of 100 of the limes into a large bowl, cover,
and reserve.

Put the rest of the limes in a large saucepan or preserving pan,
cover with plenty of water, and bring to a boil. Simmer until they
are tender. Drain the limes, dry them with a tea towel, and put
them aside.

Pound the red chiles fine in a mortar or grind them in a food
processor or in batches in a blender.

Put the mustard seeds in a frying pan over low heat and dry-roast
them for 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. The seeds
should begin to release their aroma. Repeat with the cumin seeds
and then the onion seeds.

Combine the mustard, cumin and onion seeds. Take two-thirds of
the mixture and pound it fine in a mortar or grind it in a food
processor or in batches in a blender.

Blend the remaining seed mixture with the ground red chiles and
the pounded or ground seed mixture.

Pound the garlic cloves to a paste in a mortar or a food processor
or in batches in a blender with a little water, then drain off the
water. Mix the garlic with the chile and seed mixture, adding salt
and a little of the lime juice to make a paste.

Cut the boiled limes halfway down into four. Spread the spice
paste well into the limes, put them in a large container, and add
the rest of the lime juice.

Warm the oil until it begins to sputter, then pour it over the
stuffed limes and whole green chiles.

When the mixture is cool enough, transfer it to glass or ceramic
bottles and cover with nonmetallic, airtight lids. Store in a
cool, dark place or the refrigerator.

Yield: About 10 pints.

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Lime Pickle, July 27, 2005 - 11:35 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from U/K
I had trouble with this recipe - this recipe's protions were too large, and when I tried to knock it down to make smaller amounts made with 8 limes whick was better suited for the average family, it messed it up. Thanks Anyway though...

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