Bilimbi Rasam | Irumban Puli Rasam

Bilimbi Rasam | Irumban Puli Rasam  

Bilimbi Rasam /Irumban Puli rasam

Bilimbi Rasam or Irumban Puli rasam is an nutritious and delicious South Indian style rasam variety made with bilimbi fruit (also called pulichikai in Malayalam)and spices.This rasam does not require
tamarind extract since the sourness of the bilimbi and tomatoes is sufficient. This rasam can also be served as a soup.
      Bilimbi is an sour,acidic oval shaped fruit which is typically found in coastal areas of Karnataka, Kerala and Goa.It is also called bimbuli, tree sorrel, Irumban Puli,bimbul, Chemmeen Puli, Orkkaapuli, Bimblin etc.. 
 I got this bilimbi from my neighbour fresh from her garden,she said that she got the plant came from Kerala.

     You can make a lot of dishes using this fruit. Traditionally they make pickles,gojju,chutneys etc.Today I have made rasam using this bimbuli and it turned out to be very tasty.It tasted like nellikai (gooseberry)  rasam. Do check out how to make bilimbi rasam below.


To Grind-

Bilimbi / Irumban Puli-6 nos

Peppercorns-1 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Coriander seeds-2 tsps

Green chillies-3 nos

Garlic-6 nos

Ginger-1 inch piece

Tomato-1 no


Other Ingredients-

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Red chillies-2 nos

Asafoetida a pinch

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Curry leaves

Coriander leaves 


Jaggery-1 tsp

Ghee-1 tsp 

Recipe Video


👉Grind the ingredients given for grinding coarsely without adding any water set aside.

👉Heat ghee in a kadai add mustard seeds, curry leaves,red chillies and asafoetida allow it to splutter.

👉Add the ground masala paste and saute for few seconds in medium flame.

👉Add 1-2 cups of water , turmeric powder and required salt mix well .

👉Bring the rasam to a boil.

👉Add jaggery and garnish with coriander leaves .

👉Switch off the gas and serve hot with rice or serve as soup.

Preparation Time-15 mins 


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