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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Amla Jam / Indian Gooseberry Spread

Amla or Indian Gooseberry is among the healthiest food due to its high nutrient content. It is a rich source of antioxidants, iron , Vitamin A, C , Fiber, Potassium , Magnessium , Calcium etc. So it highly proves beneficial to health. Amla is abundantly found in winter season so i try to include this super fruit in our daily diet during winters. I have already posted recipe of Amla Chutney. To enjoy its benefits throughout the year, i preserve Amla in the form of Jam and Pickles.

Today i am sharing a very easy and healthy way to preserve Amla. Amla / Gooseberry jam is a sweet Amla preserve flavored with Cinnamon and Cardamom. An excellent spread for breads , toasts , chapati and paratha.

Ingredients: 1 Cup = 250 ml
  • 1 kg Amla (around 30-35)
  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1 big stick Cinnamon
  • 5-7 green Cardamom
  1. Wash the Amla properly. Keep 2 -3 cups of water to boil in a large vessel. Add the washed Amla into the boiling water and let them remain there for 10 minutes on a low to medium heat. This step is to get rid of bitter juices from the Amla. Turn off the flame after that , cover the vessel and let the Amla there for another 10 minutes.

    2.  Strain the water from the Amla and let them cool down. The water can be used for washing our hair. Remove seeds from Amla .

   3.  Take the cooked Amla pieces in a grinder jar along with some sugar and grind to a paste. Repeat the same for rest of the Gooseberries.

  4. Now take this Amla paste and the remaining Sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan or non stick wok and heat on medium flame. Once the sugar begins to melt add the Cinnamon stick to the mixture. Keep stirring the mixture every now and then. Try to use a deep sauce pan as bubbles burst in the sugar syrup while it is being cooked.

  5. We can see a color change as the melted sugar blends with the Amla paste. Let the mixture thicken to a jam like consistency or until it leave the sides of the pan on a low to medium heat with continuous stirring. This may take 25-30 minutes.

  6.  Crush the Cardamom with some sugar in a grinder or a mortar and pixel . Add this powder to the jam. Mix well and put off the flame.


  7.  Transfer the jam to clean and dry glass jars and refrigerate. Use as per need. Serve this flavorful jam on a warm bread or toast or as a side dish with chapati and paratha and enjoy with your loved ones !!

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  1. Wow, I never thought to use amla like this. I knew only one use of it and that was to wash hair with it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My mouth is watering :) Love amla jam!

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