Sweet and sour bilimbi pickle to spice up your meals

Bilimbi is rich in vitamins A and C, oxalic acid, calcium, iron and more. Photo: Mary George

Bilimbi aka 'chilumbikka' is a sour and sweet fruit that is abundantly available in Kerala backyards. Many tasty dishes like summer drinks, wine, chutney and more can be made with this nutritious fruit, that is rich in vitamins A and C, oxalic acid, calcium, iron and more. A tasty pickle can also be easily made using this fruit. Check out the recipe.

40 bilimbi
1 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
½ tsp sugar
1 glass water

Cut the edges and split the bilimbi into four
Pressure cook the bilimbi pieces along with jaggery and one glass water until two whistles
After the pressure has been completely released, transfer the mixture into a hot non stick pan
Allow it to boil before adding Kashmiri chili powder
Add roasted and powdered mustard and fenugreek seeds
Mix well
When it thickens add sugar and a pinch of salt
Give everything a good mix
Bilimbi pickle tastes best with biryani and fried rice.

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