Monday, March 18, 2013

Special Candied Amla | Dry Amla Candy | Post meal Digestives

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Amlas(Indian Gooseberries) are considered very good for health and as they are rich in vitamin-C, it is suggested to include them in one's daily diet.As these are available only in a particular season, we usually make various varieties with it and preserve it for the rest of the year.We make niluva pacchadi,pickle,dried amla gratings-salted version and candied amla varieties with it.
These candied amlas are quite addictive and they can be eaten as a post meal digestive or when ever you want to eat something which is tongue tickling.This is a special recipe which my MIL prepares using rock candy(not the sugar) and hence it is suggested even for diabetic people.I must warn you that these candied amla berries are extremely addictive,we have already finished a huge batch of them and are planning to prepare the next one!

Special Candied Amla Recipe:
stores upto 5-6 months 

Ingredients:
1 kg Amla/Gooseberries
200 gms Kalakanda(Patika bellam)/Rock Candy/Mishri
1 tbsp Cumin powder
2 tbsp Ginger juice
2 tbsp Lemon juice

Method:
  • Clean and wipe the gooseberries and place them in a bowl.
  • In a cooker fill water in the bottom and place a rack to get some height in it and place this vessel with gooseberries and pressure cook for 2 whistles.You should not pour water in the container which is filled with gooseberries.
  • Once they are cooled down,cut them into pieces and discard the seeds.
  • Crush the rock candy(patika bellam/mishri) into a powder and take it into a bowl.
  • Grate approx 2 " ginger and press it in your hands to extract juice.
  • Add cumin powder,ginger juice to the powdered rock candy and mix well.
  • Add the chopped gooseberry pieces to it and mix well.
  • Transfer this to a kadai and keep it on low-medium flame and mix it occasionally.
  • You can stir it in between carefully,try not to crush them while mixing it.
  • Cook it for 12-15 mins until the mixture becomes sticky and sticks to the gooseberries.
  • Remove it from stove and add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Dry them on a clean plastic sheet in sun for 2-3 days until they are dried completely.
  • Store it in an air tight container.It stays good for several months.
Eat them after a meal and also during journeys or just like that.
Notes:
  • Do not get confused with rock candy which is patika bellam and patika(which looks similar to patika bellam but it is totally different).
  • Patika bellam is called Kalakanda in telugu,mishri in hindi,rock candy in english,kallu sakkare in kannada.

27 comments:

Akila said...

Very new n love to try it.... Bookmarked....
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Prathima Rao said...

Nice recipe Prathy, Always buy store bought ones but this is really gooood!!!
Prathima Rao
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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow i want to grab them from the screen,yummy!!!

lakshmibhat said...

Nice one..What is Patika in Kannada ? /Want the photo..Why there is cardmom & Sompu? After meal...??? If there is no patika can we add sugar /jaggery?

Sowmya Madhavan said...

One of my friend used to make a huge stock of this and give us too..love it...looks nice nd wonderful post..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very nice, I used to buy these from shops, now thanks to you, can make at home. Very nice description and nice clicks too.

prathibha Garre said...

@lakshmi bhat...patika is called kallu sakkare in kannada..Cardamom & saunf are kept just for after meal digestives(nothing to do with this recipe)..kallu sakkare is easily available in every shop..the taste that kallu sakkre gives is very unique..I think you can use sugar but taste definitely varies and it will taste like the sweetened ones we get in shops..but definitely no jaggery..you can see the image if patika bellam(kallu sakkare) here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_candy

lakshmibhat said...

O.K.Thanq..@prathibha garre ..Kallu sakkare is most helpful for cough &cold also...

Wer SAHM said...

feel to grab it rite now..... nice post

Priti S said...

Very nice...looks too gud and love the pics ..I have same in salt version :)

CHITRA said...

Wow, this is very new to me. Looks great. must be tasty , pass me some ;)

Nagalakshmi V said...

i bought these from mumbai during my recent trip and absolutely love them!

Aps prabhu said...

Wow Prathy I too am addictive to such amla candies i get store ones here i have to try this once i find amla's again Truly a very Addictive post :)

Helen Prabha said...

Wow....I love amla candies....looks yummy...:-)

divya said...

looks mouthwatering...just delicious!

Jeyashrisuresh said...

I was looking for this recipe, thanks for sharing. will try for sure

Priya Yallapantula said...

wow, that looks amazing, made @ home, nothing beats that.

Priya Suresh said...

I asked my mom to get some from India, never know that we can make candied amlas at home.

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious candided amla.

Srimathi said...

You post so many gooseberry pickles and my mouth always waters at the end of reading your post.

tinku shaji said...

I have got amla tree .. i am gonna stock this ..

SARADA DEVI said...

Excellent. this post meal candy is mainly full of vitamin C. It is good for health and digestive system

Lubna Karim said...

You have got lovely props....i never tasted these....sounds yum...

Nagashree said...

Whoa, I am impressed that you made this at home. Haven't eaten this a long while, wish I lived closer so you could send me some :-)

radha said...

Want to make it immediately. Looks so good. Will keep a watch for the gooseberry.

Anonymous said...

Hi..

Nice recipe.It's the best way to add amla in diet. Like to try it. Does anyone know, do we get fresh amla in NJ.

Thanks,
ssk.

safengreen said...

Patika and patika bellam is different? What is patika? I tried to google it but couldnt find any pictures/information. In our grocery stores it is sold as Ravalgaon sugar. Is this the same as mishri.. It is diamond shape, small crystals

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