Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Spiced Bimbli Cordial

Averrhoa bilimbi commonly known as bimbli or bimbuli is a fruit tree which is a close relative of the carambola. It is essentially a tropical fruit usually used as a substitute for tamarind as a souring agent. The most popular use of it is in fish curry or pickles.
A family friend was gracious to share the fruits of his yard and here's what I made of them. Sharing the recipe for a spiced cordial. Recipe for bimbli jam coming soon. Watch this space.
Do you have any memories of this fruit to share? Please leave a comment.

 1 kg fully ripe bimbli
1 3/4 cup sugar
10 cardamom pods
5-6 cloves
Small piece of cinnamon

  • Wash clean and nip off the stalks from the bimblis.
  • Steam
  • Powder the spices. 
  • Cut and deseed the steamed bimblis taking care not to lose the juice.
  • Pulp well in the blender.
  • Add sugar and the spices and heat up.
  • When the sugar has melted and mixed well, taste and see if more sweetness is required. 
  • Add more sugar if required and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Pout the pulp in an ice tray. 
  • Remove the cubes once set and store.
  • Dilute the cube just before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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