Amla Morabba - Gooseberry Jam - Preserve
(Chennai - India)
Ingredients for Amla Morabba - Gooseberry Jam/Preserve
Lemon sized gooseberries(amla) - 1 kg
Sugar - 1.25 kg
Choona/Chuna (edible/pickling lime)*- a little bitPreparation
Wash gooseberries. Prick with fork. Immerse in water along with the choona for 3 hours. This is in order to remove the excess sourness.Cooking Method
Now pressure cook the gooseberries without water, till 2 whistles.
In a thick bottomed vessel, pour one glass of water. Keep on the fire and add the sugar. Make a one-thread consistency sugar syrup.
Add the gooseberries. Once it starts boiling, reduce flame and simmer for 10 minutes.
Repeat this process, i.e. boiling for 10 minutes, for the next two days.
Your amla morabba is now ready. Ensure that the amlas remain immersed in the syrup, to ensure that it does not spoil. If the syrup is too little, make some more syrup (one thread consistency) and pour in the morabba.
You can store up to an year.
Enjoy! Gooseberries are rich in calcium and iron, so they are particularly good for women.
*Chuna/choona is pickling lime - calcium hydroxide