Amla Murabba

Amla Murabba

5/5 stars  100% LIKED IT    8 REVIEWS ALL GOOD

Added to 100 cookbooks   This recipe has been viewed 247629 times

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.

Add your private note

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
Show me for cups

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.

Kashmiri Rotis 
Lachha Paratha, Punjabi Soft Flaky Lachha Paratha 
Pudina Naan, Phudina Naan, Mint Naan Recipe 
Stuffed Bajre ki Roti 

Nutrient values per serving
Energy744 cal
Protein0 g
Carbohydrates184.9 g
Fiber0 g
Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0 mcg
Vitamin B10 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Calcium0 mg
Iron0 mg
Folic Acid0 mcg
Sodium0 mg
Potassium0 mg
Zinc0 mg

RECIPE SOURCE : Achaar Aur ParatheBuy this cookbook

REGISTER NOW If you are a new user.
Or Sign In here, if you are an existing member.

Login Name

Forgot Login / Passowrd?Click here

If your Gmail or Facebook email id is registered with, the accounts will be merged. If the respective id is not registered, a new account will be created.

Are you sure you want to delete this review ?

Click OK to sign out from tarladalal.
For security reasons (specially on shared computers), proceed to Google and sign out from your Google account.


Amla Murabba
 on 12 Feb 18 11:07 PM

Mam, Can we add honey instead of sugar.?
| Hide Replies
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
| Hide Replies
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.
| Hide Replies
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
| Hide Replies
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

Amla Murabba
 on 16 Mar 13 12:52 PM

The cardamom and saffron sugar based syrup is very good.