When summer approaches it is time for exams and the ensuing vacation. Likewise many new arrivals also come as ingredients into kitchen. The ingredients which come during or on the beginning of summer are Baby Mango or Maavadu, Neem flowers, Nellikai (Amla), etc.
Recently when my mother went to our native place she brought huge quantity of Nellikai from our native house at Chettinad in Sivagangai district. There we have huge Nelli Maram which is about 10 years old. This year it has produced numerous fruits and almost all are in good ripe fruit stage. My mother brought them to me at Chennai.
Though Amla is considered nutritious many find it difficult to consume them especially when it is unripe. It is very sour and no one can take more than one or two. Today we will see some easy, useful and tasty recipes out of this Nellikai.
Already we have seen Maavadu Pickles and soon we will see some more recipes in Neem flower too –Veppam Poo.
Coming to Nellikai we will see five recipes which are suitable for the ensuing summer.
- Nellikai Syrup – Amla Squash
- Nellikai Halwa
- Nellikai Thokku
- Nellikkai Thogayal
- Nellikkai Pachadi
All these five are easy to make nice to taste and highly nutritious. You can make these compulsory to your family members so that the summer will not bother much and you can leave the choice to them to choose from the above five according to their taste buds.
- Nellikkai – 20
- Sugar – 2 cup
- Water – 2 cups
Steam cook Nellikkai in the idli pan.
Remove the seed. Grind it in the mixie with one cup of pure water.
Strain the juice through the strainer. Measure the juice.
If the juice is one cup take two cups of Sugar.
Add one cup of water to the sugar and boil till it starts bubbling [ pisukku padam ]. Switch off the stove and cool and strain through the strainer.
Add nellikkai juice to the syrup and store it in the clean dry bottle. When you want juice add syrup one portion and water 3 portion and mix it well. Add ice cubes and serve.
Add juice and sugar in the 1: 2 ratio while making syrup.
Refrigerate the concentrate as no preservative is added.