Starfruit (Carambola) Pickles

Carambola or Starfruit is a tart fruit which is used for sourness in curries and also as pickles.  In Konkani it is known as Bimbal or Karambal.  Here is Bimbala Lonche/Nonche/Pickles.

Starfruit/Carambola/Kamrakh/Bimbal - 1
Fennel/Saunf seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 big cloves
Cayenne pepper/Red chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/8 tsp
Salt - about 1/2 tsp
Oil - about 2 tbsp

1. Heat oil in a pan and let it cool completely.
2. Wash the starfruit and pat it dry.  Discard the middle slightly hard part of starfruit along with seeds.  Dice it into bite size pieces.  Peel and crush the garlic cloves.  Coarsely grind the fennel seeds.
3. In a mixing bowl, add oil, crushed garlic cloves, ground fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, turmeric and salt.  Mix well with a dry spoon.  Lastly toss in the starfruit pieces and mix to coat them well.  To reduce the tartness, you can add little grated jaggery (or brown sugar).
4. Store the pickles in an airtight container.


  1. Never heard of pickles with star fruit, really very innovative and delicious.

  2. Nice new way to eat starfruit :)

  3. I love this called kamrakh in hindi...oooo mouth is watering looking at this pickle
    Sinfully Spicy

  4. I have never tasted star fruit and using these for making pickle is really new to me...but looks yum

  5. never had this fruit pickle before..looks tangy and tempting..thanks for the recipe!

  6. Wowww wat a beautiful pickles..looks yumm..

  7. its very nice..never heard of this pickle :)

  8. Interesting pickle , never cooked with starfruit before.

  9. Innovative pickle. Looks delicious.
    Loving it :-)

  10. starfruit or kamrakh is very tart indeed and pickle must be very tasty. new recipe for me.

  11. Thanks Tanvi and Kshipra for the Hindi name.


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