Karonda is an exotic fruit which grows wild in bushes in India it is part of the family carrisa and its botanical name is carrisa carandas. It is a beautiful ivory color fruit with deep blush of red and pink on it. It has medicinal properties and can be made in to preserves, syrups etc. In north India it is also made into pickle. It tastes very sour and there are different colored karondas available from purple to deep red in India. We commonly get the Ivory ones in summer and make jam from them. Here is my recipe for karonda jam.
1/2 kg Karonda ( fruit should not be damaged or spotted)
1 kg. sugar
4 cups water
Wash Karonda fruit properly and cut them in halves.
Take out the pits(seeds) and place the fruit in water.(throw this water as it will be extremely sour)
Heat a heavy bottom pan and boil the fruit in new water .
The moment fruit becomes tender add sugar and keep stirring.
Some people sieve the fruit after boiling and then add sugar but I love the pieces of fruit in the jam . For those who like smooth jams the tender fruit can be passed through a sieve so a pulp is obtained.
Stir constantly till sugar dissolves and the pulp thicken.
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Added note from a comment by reader:
“While making jam with or without sieving, how much time to cook after adding sugar is critical. “ek tar’ is grandmas wisdom. When the sugar thickens enough so that dipping your finger in the liquid and separating them leaves one ‘string’ attached to your fingers, it is done. More cooking than that will caramelize the sugar. The western wisdom is to freeze a plate in the fridge. Drop a bit of the jam liquid in it and pull a finger through it when you feel the jam is thick enough. If the finger leaves a gap in the syrup, the jam is cooked enough. If not, you can cook a little more.”
Remove from flame and cool.
Once cool spoon it in a glass bottle.
The karonda fruit is full of vitamin C and is rich source of iron and that makes it good for those suffering from anemia.
Do try the recipe and enjoy this wonderful jam.