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Irumban puli Achar/Bilimbi Pickle

Irumban puli achar recipe

Irumban puli achar

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 3 cups Irumban puli/Bilimbi ,chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 Dry red chilies,cut into two
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup Garlic,sliced
  • 2 tsp Ginger,finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 Green chilies,chopped
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Kashmiri chili powder See notes
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder/Kayam
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup Sesame oil
  • Salt,to taste


  • In a bowl add the chopped bilimbi and salt.Mix well and set aside until required.Heat oil in a pan.
    irumban puli prep
  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add the dry red chilies,curry leaves,garlic,ginger and green chilies.Saute until garlic turns soft over medium flame.Reduce the flame to low ,add kashmiri chili powder,turmeric powder,fenugreek powder and asafoetida.
  • Saute well until the raw smell leaves.( make sure you stir the masala continuously to avoid burning).Next add the chopped Bilimbi,stir well until combined.
    irumban puli pickle recipe
  • Now add the vinegar and more salt to taste.Stir well and cook for about 2 minutes.Add the boiling hot water and cook for about 5 minutes or until the Bilimbi/irumban puli turns tender.
    Allow to cool completely.Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for upto a month.
    Bilimbi pickle
Keyword kerala food, kerala sadhya recipe, pickle
Bilimbi pickle


  • Adjust the quantity of chili powder according to your taste.
  • Click here for Kerala style Mango pickle recipe.

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