This recipe brings back a whole load of memories for me. Memories form the days I have spent with my family in Munnar. The first time I tasted strawberries preserved in sugar and lime was in Munnar and I have always wanted to recreate the same taste in my kitchen. I got a lovely batch of strawberries a couple of days back and I had to do just that. So, here goes.
Things you will need:
- Strawberries- about 20-25, the green bits cut and hulled. Halve the bigger ones (I used a regular box full)
- Juice of one lime
- Sugar- 3 cups
How to go about it:
- Mix the cleaned and cut strawberries with sugar in a large bowl and let it rest for half an hour.
- Place a large pot or saucepan on the stove (on medium heat) and add the strawberry and sugar mixture. Keep stirring it all around till the sugar begins to melt.
- Add the lime juice at this point and mix well. The strawberries will start releasing water . Keep stirring the contents for another 25-30 minutes, breaking the larger strawberry bits down with the back of the spoon, until the strawberries are nice and mushy and the the water content begins to reduce. You must aim at a nice, thick, syrup like consistency. Make sure you don’t go all the way till the mixture resembles jam because you must bear in mind that the mixture will thicken up further once cool.
- Once you reach a thick syrupy consistency, allow the preserve to cool down before transferring it into clean and dry glass bottles. Pop it into fridge. Keeps well for a month in the fridge. Or you can freeze it if you’d like the preserve to last longer.