Birmikarmbala / Bimbla Nonche

                            Pickles are very much in demand at home ! So I try to make all varieties as & when each  ingredient is available in each season . The other day I got some fresh Bimbuls/ birmi karmbals / Bilimbi.(known as tree Sorrel in English ) Since I already had a stock of thorros / puddigalle ..I decided to make this nonche . This is a great combo with breakfast dishes like idlli, polos etc  and also with rice . So let’s see the recipe –
Ingredients :-
  • Bimbul/ birmi karmbal- 1 cup ( washed , dried and chopped medium sized )
  • Red Chillies – 10 -12 as per your spice levels
  • Mustard – 2 tsp
  • Hing – 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies – 2 -3
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Sesame / gingelly /til oil – 1 tbsp

Method :- 

  1. Wash the fresh bimbuls , pat them dry with a cloth  and chop them into medium sized roundels
  2. Apply salt and keep overnight in a glass bottle  . Next day remove the pieces into a dry vessel & keep the water it had let out ,
  3. Add the chillies and mustard in a mixer jar and grind .
  4. Add the drained water only that you had kept aside  and grind to a fine paste .DO NOT use plain water to grind .
  5. Add the paste to the bimbuls
  6. Add enough boiled and cooled water to get a thick consistency . Add the hing & salt ( if required only).
  7. Heat the oil and add the finely chopped green chillies and ginger and saute                                                                                                        
  8. When cool add the tempering , Transfer the nonche to a sun dried bottle .
Refrigerate for a longer shelf life .
 You can start using immediately  but tastes best after a day .
Note :-
  1.  Use only glass bottles to store this ,,DO NOT use plastic ones .
  2. As always use a dry spoon  to serve .

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