Murabba in English is a sweet pickle or preserve. Also known as murraba or murrabo, is an Arabic word that refers to a savoury or sweet jam pickle or achar in many parts of Pakistan, Iran, and North India. Murabba is made by cutting fruits into medium-sized pieces and combining them with sugar syrup, cardamom seeds, and rock salt. The most common type of murabba is amla gooseberry. It is most commonly consumed as ‘Murabbas,’ which are sweet and spicy Amla balls. Amla Murabba boosts and strengthens the immune system. It is a safe and natural treatment for recurring infections such as colds and fevers.
Murabbas require very little cooking and is generally made in Indian households during the winter months. The Indian recipe for Amla Murabba is great as an immunity booster.
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Ingredients for Watermelon Murabba
500 gms Watermelon
5 gms Onion seeds
2 gms Bay leaf
2 gms Star anise
2 gms Cinnamon
150 gms Sugar
150 mls Vinegar
1000 mls Water
Peel, de-seed and cut the water melon into cubes.
Boil water in a sauce pan for some time. Keep on boiling the water; add water melon, sugar, vinegar and the spices, onion seeds and bay leaves. Stir occasionally until the mixture becomes sticky.
Remove from the heat and serve cold.