Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Gooseberry Tonic

This gooseberry arishtam – arishtam here refers to a type of herbal tonic - is made with an easy to make recipe using gooseberry and jaggery in a 2:1 ratio.

As the first step, wash the gooseberries and dry them manually. Do not allow them to dry on their own as they will lose their moisture and become hard and unusable.

Pound together nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Layer the gooseberries, jaggery and the pounded mixture in a bharani, a traditional porcelain bottle used for storage. Close the mouth of the bharani tightly with a piece of cotton cloth and leave it undisturbed for six weeks. At the end of this period, the contents can be poured out and sieved. The sieved liquid mixture is your gooseberry arishtam.

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