Guava Jelly

Here is the simplest recipe of a guava Jelly which you can easily prepare at your home.This Jelly will be loved by all the guava lovers.You can also have it with bread if needed.It can also be consumed directly.Jelly’s are made of nothing more than fruit and sugar, boiled in water. It is the pectin in fruit that is the magical setting,or gumming, agent-a hydrocolloid that causes the fruit syrup to set firm as it cools.We extract the chemical glue, pectin,from fruits by boiling them. Because there is just a small amount of pectin in most fruits,it needs to be concentrated,then coaxed into a gel.When boiled gently in water for a few minutes until soft,the fruit cells start to rupture and  much of the pectin escapes and dissolves into the water. Adding sugar with the fruit sweetens and thickens the mixture, drawing water away from the pectin molecules and forcing pectin strands to knit. Turning the heat up  causes the mixture to boil and froth vigorously. During this time the syrup thickens and pectin reforms into a gel-like configuration.

Guava Jelly

Ingredients:

  • 1½ kg .ripe guavas – good variety with less seeds
  • 1/4 kg sugar
  • 2 lime’s juice

Method of preparation:

Cut the guavas into four pieces each. Put them in a clean degchi and pour enough water to cover the fruits. Cover and cook till tender. Strain the cooked fruits through a musline without crushing them. (to get the clear juice). Add sugar to the juice and boil till a syrup consistancy is formed. Add lime juice and cook again for 5 minutes. Store in bottles when it is still warm, but do not close them with the lids before it becomes quite cold.

Jackfruit Halwa

It is the time of Jackfruit and for all the Halwa lovers I am introducing Jackfruit halwa.I will make it a bit tasty,this will be really delicious for all the sweet tooth out there.Its a long and time consuming process for a sweet,but worth the hardwork.As jackfruit is a seasonal fruit,my mother prepares in bulk and uses for the off seasons.

Ingredients :

  • Chopped Jackfruit – 4 cups
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Cornflour – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Cashewnuts – 15

Method of preparation:

  • Add the chopped jackfruit in a blender
  • Blend it by adding small amount of water and make Jackfruit puree
  • Switch on the flame and add this puree to a kadai
  • Add sugar
  • Mix the cornflour in milk
  • Add milk to the kadai,when the sugar dissolves completely
  • Now add ghee and mix well
  • Cook in a medium flame until you get a thick consistency
  • Check the taste and add sugar and ghee as per your taste(if needed)
  • Roast cashewnuts in ghee and add it to kadai
  • Mix well
  • Switch off the flame when halwa consistency is reached
  • Allow the Halwa to cool
  • Our jackfruit halwa is ready to serve
  • Refrigerate it.

Mango Jam

Mangoes are the best fruit which is available during summer.Using mangoes,varieties of dishes and sweets can be prepared.Here is the recipe of Mango Jam using 3 ingredients and is 100 % natural.No preservatives or coloring agent is added.This home made jam is super tastier than the jam which we buy from shops.You can refrigerate this jam for 1-2 months and can use whenever required with breads and chappathi’s.

Ingredients :

  • Ripe Mangoes –  1/2 kg
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Lime juice – 1 tspn
Mango Jam

Method of preparation :

  • Wash,Peel of the mangoes and cut it into pieces
  • Add these mango pieces into mixer grinder
  • Blend the mangoes to a fine paste
  • Add the mango puree to a pan and heat it
  • Add sugar once the bubble forms from the puree
  • Mix well
  • Once the sugar dissolves,add lime juice
  • Stir continuously so that it does not stick to the pan
  • Cook till it becomes thicker and reaches Jam consistency
  • Remove from the heat
  • Transfer it to a glass jar when it is lukewarm
  • Close the glass jar after the jam cools completely
  • Refrigerate the jam
  • Have this delicious jam with bread,Chappathis,etc.

NB :

  • Semi-ripe mangoes are best for making jams
  • Use a glass jar to store jam
  • Refrigerate jam since no preservatives are added
  • Take out jam using dry spoon only