The bilimbi fruit is a sour fruit , which could be
used as a substitute for tamarind or tomato.
This fruit is commonly found in South- East
Asian countries,like Indonesia,Malaysia
Sri -Lanka and India.
My routine in the mornings is,to stroll around
my terrace garden,after coffee.
I have a year old bilimbi plant which produces
only few fruits.
Due to rains,I couldn’t go up the terrace for 2
Today I went to grab a few mint leaves,and
unexpectedly ,I saw 2 bunches of the fruit .
You can never express the joy of plucking the
produce from your garden, whether it be a
flower, fruit or herbs.
Happily I plucked them,and thought to make
Seeni sambol ( caramelised onions spiced).
That minute I decided to add meat and make
something like a pickle .Tried a small quantity,
as I have never tried bilimbi in a pickle.
Purely my idea and innovation,trust me it was
excellent. This can be used as a filling for buns
or wraps or served with rice.
Do try this recipe and post in your comments!
I made this with mutton.You could try with any
other meat .
To the recipe now
3-4 big onions sliced fine
10 bilimbi fruits sliced
1-2 inch cinnamon sticks
1-2 tbsp chilli powder
1 cup mutton cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp sugar
2-3 tbsp vinegar
Salt to taste
1/4 cup sesame oil
To marinade meat : 1/4 tsp turmeric,1 tsp chilli powder,salt
•First mix 1/4 tsp turmeric,1 tsp chilli powder
salt and marinade the meat .
•Heat oil,and fry the meat pieces till golden
brown,and set aside.
•Add the onions ,cinnamon,salt into the same
oil,and sauté till golden brown.Add the bilimbi.
•Add the sugar and chilli powder,and cook for
another 5 minutes.
•Add the roasted meat and the rest of the
ingredients and mix well .
•Remove from fire,and allow to cool.
•Store in sterilised glass bottles.