Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Ilimban puli (Bilimbi) vattichathu

This dish is made with bilimbi. Cut the bilimbi lengthwise into pieces. Now put these pieces into lukewarm water. If the bilimbi tastes too sour, some of the sourness can be squeezed out. Now, mix together using only your fingers, some coconut, onion, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, salt and oil. Add this mixture to the bilimbi pieces and cook in a covered vessel, stirring occasionally. Reduce the flame to the simmer position on the stove and remove from the flame when it becomes dry (though not too dry).

Best used when cool.

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