Nimmakaya Karam ~ Spicy Lemon Sauce

N for Nimmakaya Karam under Regional recipes for BM #32.

This is a tried and tested recipe from my MIL's kitchen which is at least a few decades old. I have never been able to have this karam as I always thought that it is way too spicy than I can handle. But upon my husband's insistence, I tried it with curd rice and I am a convert now :). 

A few months back, my husband got a crate full of lemons for a throwaway price. So when I was cracking my brains as to how to make use of these lemons effectively, my husband suggested that it was high time I got the recipe from MIL and made this at home. So here it is..

Ingredients - 

Lemon juice 1 cup
Red Chilli Powder 3-4 tsp
Salt 2-3 tsp 
Sugar 1-2 tsp (Optional)
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard Seeds 1 tsp, Asafoetida 2 generous pinches)

Nimmakaya Karam ~ Spicy Lemon Sauce

Method Of Preparation -

Mix the lemon juice, turmeric, salt, red chilli powder and sugar. 

Mix well till the salt and sugar are dissolved.

In a heated pan, prepare the seasoning by adding mustard seeds in hot oil. After the mustard seeds pop, add the asafoetida and remove from fire.

Transfer the seasoning to the lemon juice mixture. Mix well and serve.

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32

Preparation Time 10 min
Makes 1 cup
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, September 17, 2013


  1. Mouthwatering, Harini.. This is my husband's favorite condiment with upma.. that is when there is no lime pickle... Sometimes I add sesame seed powder too to this karam.

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. Sounds awesome Harini..I love this..

  4. Priya Suresh Says:
  5. Wow, we do something like this too, look the colour of this lemon sauce, eye catching.

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. love the bright red color :) nimakkaya karam looks super yummy and spicy :) very appealing look :)

  8. divya Says:
  9. yummy n scrumptious ...

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. I literally have goosebumps just thinking of how delicious this nimakaya kaaram must have tasted :-) Love that color as well.

  12. just the color alone I can tell how spicy it must be but the curd rice should balance it!

  13. Padmajha Says:
  14. I am literally drooling and the pics and your the thoughts of having this with curd rice. Book marked.And lovely clicks .The color is vibrant.Love it Harini...

  15. Janani Says:
  16. I like it very much. It must taste awesome with rice.

  17. Lovely , colorful and spicy dipping sauce ! Beautiful presentation !!

  18. rajani Says:
  19. I have some lemons to be used up too..Will try this one..

  20. Suma Gandlur Says:
  21. It looks quite colorful and spicy.
    Even though I haven't made this, it is one of the mandatory pachadis prepared during death anniversaries at our homes.

  22. This looks like a perfect side dish for curd rice. Looks absolutely delicious...

  23. Never heard of this before. The colour is gorgeous and I am sure it must be equally tasty.

  24. a new recipe for me, and never knw of this, such a basic recipe, but i can imagine how hearty it would be with bowl of curd rice, thanks for sharing

  25. Unknown Says:
  26. I can just feel the spicy & tangy taste taste of this chutney..

  27. Unknown Says:
  28. what a beautiful color!!! wow very elegant and looks super delicious!!!


  29. Nisha Says:
  30. new to me ,bookmarked

  31. veena Says:
  32. sounds awesome..looks colourful

  33. preeti garg Says:
  34. Wonderful recipe.. sound yummy.

  35. Archana Says:
  36. This si totally new to me. I love the combo of this yummy tasty sauce. Love to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

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