During a recent trip to the capital city of Kerala, the sight you see below is what I faced every time I looked out from the house.
They were in full bloom, yet to ripen though. In the native language of Kerala, it is referred to as a chambakka. It is a fruit that is bell shaped and its taste varies from sour to mildly sweet.Usually it is plucked off the tree by children and if any left is made into preserve/jams or squashes. I had to satisfy myself by just looking at this sight. A week later, I received a parcel containing the very same fruits that had ripened.
Isn't the colour just amazing?
I found a recipe in Recipes for all Occasions, Part 2 by Mrs. BF Varughese. The recipe was for Chambakka Jelly.
What you need are just three ingredients.
- 1. Ripe Chambakkas/Water Apples- About 40 to 50
- 2.Sugar-1 Cup
- 3. Water-2 Cups
Slice the fruits into two and deseed and remove the brown fibers.
Boil the sliced fruits with water until the quantity of water reduces to almost half. Strain it. Simmer the juice with the sugar until it reaches a consistency where when you spoon a drop on a plate, it sets. Transfer to a bottle. This recipe makes 3/4 of a cup.
I had mine on bread while my daughter loved it on its own. She said it tastes like Cotton Candy!!!
This pink water apple jelly is my entry to FIC:Pink.