Monday, December 13, 2010

Chyawanprash (Spiced Gooseberry Conserve/Jam)

Life is like a roller coaster ride with it's ups and downs. After some tough times a few month's ago, this month really cheered us up. One of our deeply heartfelt wishes, which we had been hoping for and working towards for a long time, is coming true this month and we are floating in happiness.

As I said in my last post, December is a month of celebration for us and this little accomplishment adds to our celebrations :-) One must work hard to fulfill a wish and that's what we have been doing this month and, I didn't get much time to update my blog. But, I do have a great recipe to share today. 


Chyawanprash is a versatile herbal tonic prepared according to an ancient Ayurvedic formula with multiple health benefits. Used by people around the world today, and especially in India, it is a proven energizer, immunity booster and preventive tonic.

Chyawanprash is a mix of up to 49 ayurvedic herbs (or even more!) with gooseberries (amla) as its main ingredient. Of course, I didn't have all the spices and herbs so just used what I had available in my kitchen. We loved the taste and my hubby has already asked me to make it again and that's always a good sign and definitely makes me happy :-) 


For more info please refer to this site here.


Ingredients

500 grams - gooseberries (amla)
600 grams - sugar (may increase upto 750 grams)
3/4 tsp - clove powder
3/4 tsp - cinnamon powder
1 tsp - cardamom powder
3/4 tsp - black pepper powder
1/4 tsp - nutmeg, grated
1 1/2 tsp - dried ginger powder (saunth)
25 - 30 strands of saffron
edible silver foil to garnish

Method
  1. Put the gooseberries in a pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover the gooseberries and pressure cook them for 4 whistles/ring or until the gooseberries are soft. Drain the water and remove the seeds from the gooseberries.
  2. With a mixer, puree the cooked gooseberries.
  3. Add the pureed gooseberries in a large cooking vessel and add the sugar to it.
  4. Place the vessel on a medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil under constant stirring.
  5. When the sugar melts, add the spices and mix well.
  6. Cover the vessel and reduce the heat to low and let the mixture cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful, the mixture splutters a lot!!!
  7. When the mixture thickens a little, do a saucer test, (as you would when making jams). If not ok, then bring the mixture to a boil and check again.
  8. Fill the conserve/jam in a sterlised jar. Cover the lid when the jam is completely cool.
  9. Shelf life of this jam is 2-3 months.

We have 1 teaspoon of this delightful jam/conserve every morning with a glass of warm milk and some blanched almonds. A healthy start to the day. 




Enjoy!

42 comments:

  1. Amazing how dark the gooseberries turn when cooked. I love homemade jam but I have yet to make a gooseberry one.

    Have a great week!

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  2. Home made chyawanprash, wonderful Rachana. Unable to get fresh gooseberries here. Bookmarked for trying.

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  3. I hope all your wishes are fulfilled dear always:-)
    And what a great recipe this is! I always wondered how I could make this wonderful tonic at home.. We are beginning to get amlas here, and I am sure going to try this recipe out.. Thanks!
    Have a great week ahead dear Rachana:-)

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  4. Wow, that jam looks amazing! A fresh roll and that jam - would be perfect.

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  5. I hope we get fresh ones here soon,gooseberry jam looks super delicious.

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  6. Beautiful photos, and the jam sounds lovely :-)

    ciao

    Alessandra

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  7. my favorite one dear... bookmarked....

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  8. yummy and delicious.......will try

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  9. Hey Rachana,

    Looks beautiful..I was taking dabur cyawanprash for sometime...Can make it at home now...Thanx for the recipe dear...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow that is wonderful .I am bookmarking this

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  11. Wow gooseberry preserve looks sooo yummy...thanks for sharing..

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  12. May all your wishes come true always! This gooseberry jam is looking awesome! Never thought could make it home.. As a child i sued to have it.. Past memories! We dont get amla here.. but I will pass on this to my mom.. She will love it!Thanks

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  13. The chyawanprash is a real energy-booster! Looks good.

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  14. i think first time someone must have blogged homemade Chyawanprash :) very innovative .. loved you clicks too.

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  15. Indeed a great recipe and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe,sure should be useful to all! Lovely clicks!

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  16. This conserve is so special, it's laden with aromatic and healthy spices which you can't get from the store bought ones. Perfect and greatly presented!

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  17. That sounds great..home made,looks good.

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  18. Lovely looking jam, attractive presentation.

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  19. c'est parfait pour être tartinée le matin au petit déjeuner
    j'aime beaucoup
    bonne journée

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  20. pics are really beautiful, looks nice

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  21. full of gudness of mother nature!!

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  22. Home made chyawanprash looks so natural.

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  23. Wow, very very delicious looking..Seeing those juicy big fresh amla really made me go *slurrp* :)

    US Masala

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  24. awesome....beautiful pics!!

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  25. home made chyawanprash this is awesome, i used to love it when i was a kid loving the ur first picture!

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  26. oh wow, thnx for sharing such a wonderful recipe, its chyavanprash simplified :)

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  27. We never get fresh this gooseberries! I would love to taste this jam!

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  28. Oh yummyyyy chawanprash...but love aathela ambla :))

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  29. Nature has so many good things to offer. This is a must have Chyavanprash.

    Let all your dreams come true. My Best wishes

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  30. Healthy goodness .... It's a regular at our place made in a slightly different way . Amla is great any which way n it should just be a regular spoonful in our routine.
    Loved it.

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  31. U r gr8. bookmarked this. will make for sure :)

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  32. Lovely blog and tempting recipe's . Happy to follow you..

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  33. amazing!!!
    it has come out so good.
    the clicks n presentation are awesome. just loved it.

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  34. We make a similar jam in Colombia using gooseberries!!!Your flavors are different, but it sounds wonderful.

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  35. Wow ,bookmarking this one for sure

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  36. hey dear...
    this is the first time i am seeing the Chyawanprash recipe...:)
    well grab the 'URthe bestblogger' award from my blog

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  37. first ever time am coming across a recipe for chawanprash..loved it

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  38. Hi Rachana,
    Visiting your blog after a long time. Have been away from the blog world for a while. Hope you are doing good!
    Beautiful clicks! I remember my mom making chawanprash at home. Looks fantastic! Will try it out if I find gooseberries someday.

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  39. Homemade Chyavanprash!!Interesting!!

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  40. This post reminds of me how I used to just swallow chyavanprash when my mom used to forcibly feed me. But now I miss that. Your recipe sounds really yummy and healthy. In deed a healthy way to start your day!

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  41. For those in USA who are unable to make this WONDERFUL formula themselves, here is the place we use:http://www.naturesformulary.com/Products/50-chyawanprash.aspx

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