Amla Murabba

Amla Murabba

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An invaluable winter preserve. Amlas (Indian gooseberries) are a major ingredient in several herbal tonics as they are reputed to be good for the liver, eyes and stomach. Amlas are the richest known source of vitamin C. Amlas are abundantly available during the winter months. I actually buy a large quantity of this fruit each year to make murabbas. Whole amlas simmered in a cardamom and saffron flavoured syrup is one of my personal favourites. There are several traditional recipes for making this murabba. Some soak the amlas in alum (phitkari) overnight whilst others sun-dry amlas. I find it easiest to cook the amlas in boiling water to get rid of all its bitter juices. The entire process takes about 2 to 3 days. First the amlas are simmered in a thin sugar syrup and left aside for 2 days during which the amlas slowly and gradually soak in the syrup. On the third day, the syrup is boiled again along with the flavouring to a thick honey like consistency and the amlas are added. The thick syrup helps in the preservation of the murabba and also complements the sharp and acidic amla taste. When preserved for a long period of time, the syrup of the murabba turns to a dark brown to an almost black colour and takes in all the goodness of the amlas. I am sure you will enjoy this recipe as much I have enjoyed making it for you.

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Amla Murabba recipe - How to make Amla Murabba

Storage upto 1 year:  In a cool dry place   Preparation Time:    Maturing Time:  2 days   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 2.5 cups (32 tbsp )
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20 (500 grams) amlas ( Indian gooseberries)
2 1/2 cups (500 grams) sugar
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
a few saffron (kesar) strands
  1. Wash the amlas thoroughly. Prick them with a fork at regular intervals.
  2. Boil plenty of water in a pan, add the amlas and boil for 10 minutes over a high flame. Drain and keep aside.
  3. Dissolve the sugar in 3 cups of water and bring the syrup to a boil. Add the amlas and cook over a slow flame for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the amlas are soft.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Keep covered in a cool dry place for at least 48 hours, so that the amlas soak in the syrup.
  5. On the third day, drain the amlas from the syrup, boil the syrup with cardamom powder and saffron till it reduces to a 2 to 3 string consistency. Add the amlas and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Allow it to cool completely.
  7. Bottle in a sterilised glass jar. Store for upto 1 year at room temperature.


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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per tbsp
Energy71 cal
Protein0.1 g
Carbohydrates17.4 g
Fiber0.7 g
Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium1.1 mg
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Amla Murabba
 on 08 Mar 19 10:03 AM

Hello mam , Can be make Amla Murabba in honey ,if yes plz tell me the receipt.
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Tarla Dalal    We would not refer you to use honey as you need to boil sugar & honey cannot be boiled.
11 Mar 19 12:39 PM
Amla Murabba
 on 15 Jan 19 03:03 PM

I really want to try this recipe. Kindly confirm if the elaichi used is green cardamon or the black ones. Thank you.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shampa, It is green cardamom powder. Do try the recipe and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
16 Jan 19 09:34 AM
Amla Murabba
 on 15 Oct 18 08:20 AM

Amla Murabba
 on 12 Feb 18 11:07 PM

Mam, Can we add honey instead of sugar.?
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Tarla Dalal    No you cannot it will not taste good....
13 Feb 18 08:41 AM
Amla Murabba
 on 26 Jan 18 06:57 PM

I followed the instructions word by word and the result is finger smacking delicious taste
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Neelam, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them...Happy Cooking !!
27 Jan 18 09:00 AM
Amla Murabba
 on 21 Aug 17 04:33 PM

If we are not using saffron then it''s OK or is it necessary. Thank you for the recipe.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, You can omit the saffron...
21 Aug 17 05:16 PM
Amla Murabba
 on 25 Mar 17 11:22 AM

Amla Murabba
 on 12 Dec 16 11:14 AM

Amla murrbe me vinegar kitna milana chahiye
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Praveen, No vinegar is needed, we have used sugar as a preservative
12 Dec 16 04:23 PM
Amla Murabba
 on 19 Nov 16 08:06 AM

Amla Murabba
 on 20 Jun 16 11:06 AM

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