Averrhoa Bilimbi (बिलिंब in Marathi) is an exotic sour fruit – the Pathare Prabhu clan uses this to make a curry that goes by the name बिलिंबाची शीर. The bilimbi may be replaced by any fruit / veggies (tomato / grapes / pineapple). Here goes the recipe –
Coconut Milk – 2 cups Grated coconut – grind with one cup of water and squeeze and strain out thick extract, grind the residual coconut with one two cups of water, squeeze and strain again to yield thin extract
Besan – 2 heaped tablespoons to be dissolved in the thin coconut extract
1/2 tsp each of hing and haldi
1 tsp each of red chilli powder and Pathare Prabhu Sambhar (may be replaced with a garam masala powder)
10-12 ripe bilimbi chopped roughly
1 small onion – chopped roughly
Salt and Sugar to season
Add the chopped fruit and onion in a vessel, cook in a little water with the hing, haldi, chilli and sambar (no oil) till done.
Once cooked, add the besan dissolved in thin extract and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes till the slurry thickens and there is no raw residual smell of the besan. Season with salt and sugar to your taste.
Add the thick extract and take off the flame.
Serve at room temperature with a spicy pickle and steaming white rice.
PS – the pic has the original recipe from गृहिणी मित्र (first version published circa 1910) – from my 1948 version of the book.