Sweet Amla is a mouth-freshener/Mukhwas. Mukhwas is a colorful Indian after-meal snack or digestive aid. It also freshens breath. This is the sweeter version of amla ( indian gooseberry). Amla can be partially attributed to its high vitamin-C content.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Resting time – 5 days + 7 days
Indian gooseberry( amla) – 500gm
Sugar – 500gm
Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup
Wash the amlas and cut it into small long slices. I have used frozen amlas as it is not available in the U.S.
Boil plenty of water in a pan, add the amlas and boil for 10-15 minutes over a high flame r until the amlas are transparent and soft. Drain and keep aside. OR
Boil it on a steam. Take a large pan. Put 3 cups of water. allow it to boil. Spread amlas on a dish with holes. Cover it and cook it for 15-20 minutes until amlas become transparent and soft.
Put these pieces of Amla in large vessel, pour sugar over them, mix them ,cover the vessel and keep it aside for 5 days. Stir it once a day.
On the very first day you notice that sugar is turn into syrup and the Amla pieces will be floating in the syrup. Sieve the amla pieces.
Coat the sun dried candies with powdered sugar and put them in sunlight to dry for 6-7 days till it turns brown in color. Store the freshly prepared candies in airtight container.