Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nellikkai-Mittai - Amla-Candy

#NellikkaiMittai  #AmlaCandy : #Nellikkai is known as #gooseberry in English. It is called #Amla in Hindi. They are sour, slightly bitter, sweet and astringent in taste.
Goose berries are rich sources of Vitamin C and a good anti oxidant. The fruits, leaves, bark of the nellikkai plant have been used in Ayurveda system of medicine since time immemorial.
We have already seen to preserve these healthy nellikkai in honey. Here I would like to present a method of making Nellikkai Mittai - Amla Candy.

Nellikkai Mittai [ Amla Candy ]

Ingredients :
1/2 KgNellikkai [ Amla - Goose berry ]
1 1/2 CupSugar [ adjust ]
1/2 TspBlack Salt [ adjust ]
1/4 TspSalt [ adjust ]
1 TspBlack pepper

Method :
Wash nellikkai 2 times and pat dry using a clean & dry towel.
Put in a clean and dry plastic bag and tie it.
Keep in the freezer for 2 days.

2nd day afternoon or 3 rd day morning take out the bag containing nellikkai from the freezer.
Allow to come to room temperature.
Then using a knife remove seed and cut into pieces.
Place on a big plate.
The nellikkai would have become soft and you may find it easy to remove the seeds.
Use a sharp knife to remove the seeds and chop nellikkai.
The water oozes out of the nellikkai while removing seed.
So keep a tray or plate below to collect the dripping water. 

Now grind black pepper, rock salt and sugar.

Add the ground powders and salt to nellikkai pieces in the plate.
Mix well using a clean spoon.

Keep the plate under direct Sun light.
As time passes water comes out of the nellikkai pieces and dissolves sugar mixture.
Keep stirring with a spoon at regular intervals.
The watery sugar mixture slowly becomes thick and forms a layer over the nellikkai pieces.
Dry in the Sun for next 4 to 5 days or until it completely dries up.
Store in a clean and dry bottle.
Nellikkai Mittai [ Amla Candy ]

Keep tasting the pieces from day one to till it becomes a candy.
Its very tasty and the taste differs at each stage.
Regularly take these nellikkai mittai in the morning.
mm... enjoy healthy tangy nellikkai mittai!!!

Other ways of preserving Nellikkai [ Amla - Goose berry ]

Thaen Nellikkai [ Honey Amla ] Nellikkai Jam [ Amla Jam ]