Friday, February 04, 2011

Irumban puli/Averrhoa Bilimbi Pickle......step-by-step.


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Most houses in Kerala has atleast one irumban puli tree in the backyard. Kids love to have fresh puli with salt and chilly powder. A visit to a friend's house resulted in picking up the fresh ones (I forgot to take my cam) right from the tree....

Irumban puli is used to make squash, jams, pickles, and in fish curries....my mom even makes a thoran....After coming home I chopped them and sprinkled salt lavishly on top of it and tossed them and added salt till I felt it is right....and since I was a bit lazy to make pickle (I hate peeling garlics!!!) I left it in salt for almost a week....I  tossed or stirred it every day..infact my kids loved having them.....salty!!

Chop the puli into small pieces....thats my pretty puli getting a bit of the evening sun!!!

And this is how it looked after almost one week in salt....you can see the water has oozed out and it is slightly pale....kids loved them.

Ingredients:
Irumban puli: 1/2 kg, chopped. (Can also put in salt and make when you get the mood and time like I did)
Garlic: 3 pods, peeled and sliced.
Ginger: 2 or 3 pieces, sliced.
Kashmiri red chilly powder: 3/4 cup.
Vinegar: 1/2 to 1 cup depends upon the sourness of the puli.
Salt: As needed.

For roasting:
Hing/asafoitida: 2 or 3 fat pinch.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp.

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Curry leaves: As needed.
Oil: Gingelly oil(sesame oil): As needed.

Method:
1.In a pan dry roast mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and hing...grind and powder them and keep aside.
2. Heat oil in a kadai and put in mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and let it splutter. Add the garlic, ginger, curry leaves and fry till the raw smell goes.

3. Simmer the fire and add the red chilly powder fry it till the raw smell goes. Now add 1/2 cup vinegar and let it boil

4. Add the chopped puli or the salted puli into this and add the roasted and grinded masalas and mix well. Let it boil for about a minute or two and switch off fire and bottle.

Pickle/achar is ready....store in bottles.


Enjoy with roti, rice, or just about anything!!!.

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31 comments:

  1. Tongue tickling pickle,sooo tempting..

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  2. wow so yummy pickle dear.....

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  3. Mouthwatering and slurp Can you hear me?

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  4. Never heard of this, thanks for the click for clear understanding of the puli. Pickle has a professional touch, would love to taste :)

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  5. In malayalam we call this cheema puli... looks really mouthwatering pickles.

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  6. cool dish and very new to me...thanks for sharing

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  7. Mouthwatering pickle...It's been years since I had Irumban puli :(... my mom used to make squash with this...

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  8. Wow..looks superb and mouthwatering pickle...

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  9. Ethokke kaanichu kothipikale..love it.

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  10. Pickle looks delicious. Thanks for sharing step by step method.Have a great weekend.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  11. Hey Nisa I also didnt know that you are a kna!! Gald to meet one more Knanaya blogger through blogging and that too from KTM!! eni eppol paranju varumbol enthekilum okke connections kanumarikkum alle ;);)...

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  12. Yumm, looks tempting. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some FANTASTIC recipes here! My parents too are from Kottayam/Kumarakom. I've only been to India a couple of times - typical NRI...;-)

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  13. Such a beautiful color you got..looks very very tempting dear!

    US Masala

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  14. Extreemly interesting. I have not known of this pickle but I can see that it could easily be a learned taste. When I visited Korea I tried some Kimchi which is a hot pickled cabbage. I loved it! Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Hey I make this sweet sour and pungent. Will try it this way too. Thanks

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  16. Wow, I really enjoyed learning about something I've never heard about before--your photos are wonderful. I'm ready to try some with rice! How far away do we live from each other? :)

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  17. this is so new to me, love the presentation.
    Have a wonderful Sunday Nisa

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  18. Bimblis remind me of school days when we had a vendor selling them after classes near the school gate..We would eagerly run to him to buy them & then munch on these sour treat amidst laughter & chatter!! Ur pickle looks too mouthwatering..slurp...slurp..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  19. That is such a mouthwatering photo. What a gorgeous dish.

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  22. hmmm tangy and mouthwatering pickle...
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  24. mouthwatering at about last click! will learn a lot from your site!

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  25. Thatz mouthwatering...My mom is from Kottayam:-) and this is my ammumma's speciality pickle..
    I wish i cud get some iruban puli right now..:-( Sigh sigh
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  26. Thankyou for the recipe .Will be trying it out on puli sliced and dried in the sun to raisin soft consistency. Therefore I'm likely to get the measures wrong as I didn't weigh before drying. I plan to add some dates to give it a sweet touch.
    Suggestion..keeping the puli salted in a stainless steel container is likely to ruin the vesel...stain or corrode!..Maybe safer in a n earthen vessel. What was your experience?

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  27. @Anonymous, I usually put salted puli or mango in glass bowl or glass jars.

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