The rains hit India, and the entire country goes into a frenzy of deep frying. Because there’s nothing better than to be munching on piping hot pakodas while it’s pouring outside. Unless, the pakodas are accompanied by our brand new Aam Kasundi – that combination is infinitely better than anything else can ever be!
The goodness and sharpness of fermented mustard seeds are combined with the typical flavors of raw mango, green chilli and ginger to make a mustard sauce that’s a Bengali staple. Spread it on your sandwiches, dip your fried snacks in it or put it into your burgers – it’s a dip/spread that is as delicious as it is versatile.
Mustard comes with a host of benefits from promoting heart health to strengthening bones and aiding digestion. And when it is fermented, the goodness just doubles.
Ditch your bottled tomato ketchup in favour of a dip that’s not only nutritious, traditional and delicious, but is also homemade and preservative-free.
Ingredients: Raw mango, Black mustard, Yellow mustard, Ginger, Green Chilli, Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Salt
Weight: 185 gms
Picture yourself in a small cottage in the hills in the dead of winter. The fireplace is alit. Tiny snowflakes drift past the window. The sound of wind in the trees and the occasional crackling off a log is the only noise you hear. You’re all snuggled up in a throw on the couch in front of the fireplace, warming your toes at the fire and warming your hands with the glass of warm mulled wine in your hands. This is where you’ll take a sip and smile at the pervasive smell of spices and the sheer deliciousness of the moment. And this is the moment we’ve tried to capture in this jar of Ammiji’s Mulled Wine Jam
We took the best Cabarnet Sauvignon we could lay our hands on – Indian, because #vocalforlocal! – and simmered it down with fruits and spices, till it formed a thick, spreadable jam. And then we bottled it up and hid it from Ammiji. Oh, she won’t disapprove, but being a teetotaler all her life, it’ll take a lot of conversation to convince her that alcohol could be converted to jam – and she likes jams! So we’ll take this jar to her when we visit her and get her approval then!
This jam is perfect for your cheeseboard, or your snack platter. Use it with cheese on crackers or smear it on cold cuts. Glaze meat with it. Or simply spread it on crisp toast and have it for breakfast! (Wine for breakfast? The things we do!) And no, you won’t get drunk on this jam. Most of the alcohol evaporates while cooking, leaving behind the characteristically umami, earthy taste of red wine.
Ammiji’s Mulled Wine Jam is made with NO artificial pectin. Just fruits and spices. And of course, no preservatives at all!
This jar will transport you to a winter wonderland – where fireplaces are always lit and snow always falls gently. Where people bundled up in sweaters and scarves sip on warm, boozy drinks while smells of cloves and citrus emanate from the kitchen. Where smiles are easy and conversation smooth. Where vanilla and cinnamon are not just flavours, they’re feelings. (Imagine saying “I’m feeling a wee bit cinnamonny today!” – lovely, no?)
So go ahead and get your jar of winter warmth right now – and make us feel cinnamonny. 🙂
Ingredients: Red Wine (Cabarnet Sauvignon), Sugar, Apple, Orange, Raisins, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Vanilla Extract.
Weight : 125 gm
Best Before 6 months
Refrigerate after opening
Fresh, plump and juicy strawberries marry the booziness of vodka and the bite of balsamic vinegar in a jam that’s a gourmet dream…
Strawberry season is here, and no one is more excited than us at Ammiji’s! We’re getting boxes and boxes of fresh and juicy strawberries directly from a farm, and turning them into this not-too-sweet jam that will see us through when there are no more fresh strawberries in the market.
There is, perhaps, no jam that is as versatile or as popular as a strawberry jam is. Slather it on to your croissants, add a dollop on your cheeseboard, spread it on your ajwain parantha, stir it into an avant-garde cocktail, thin it out and pour it over your waffles or just smear it all over a crisp sourdough toast – this is the stuff that gourmet dreams are made of! Every time we’ve made this jam here at Ammiji’s, one of us has found a novel way to eat it. The latest was when we sandwiched the jam between layers of homemade Victorian sponge cake…uff, heaven!
We’ve taken a classic jam, and added a funky twist to it. A dash of vodka, and another of balsamic vinegar turns this into a jam that has layers of flavour with every bite. The sugar content is less than fifty percent, because we love the tang of strawberries and didn’t want a jam that was overly sweet. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
Ingredients: Strawberries, Sugar, Lemon juice, Balsamic Vinegar, Vodka*
*contains less than 1% alcohol
]Weight: 225 gm
Price: Rs 550 450 (inclusive of taxes)
Good for: 6 months
Refrigerate after opening. (This jam contains no preservatives or additives.)
We have a confession to make. Ammiji hasn’t tasted this. She doesn’t even know about it. But we’re sure that when she gets to know about it, she’s going to slap her forehead and say “Durr Fitteh Mooh!” (Punjabi for “Burn your face in hell!”) Because yes, this jar will take you simultaneously to hell and heaven – it’s that sinful.
Sugar – pure, sinful sugar – burnt till it’s amber, and then whisked with heavy cream and butter. Then we throw in some sea salt and spoon in some Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey. The entire mess smells of sweet devastation before we bottle it up for your indulgence.
Pour this lusciously boozy sauce over desserts. It’ll be the Juliet to your cheesecake, the Heer to your ice-cream, the Laila to your trifle. It’ll be the spiked kickstart to your morning when you pour it over pancakes or French toast – can you imagine your day going bad after that? Glaze your bacon with it (a friend does it regularly) or add a touch of it to your oriental stir-fry. Or wait. Let’s cut the bullshit. Sit down with the jar on a war, comfy floor cushion and your favorite book, and proceed to lick it by the spoonful for an evening well-spent.
What you choose to do with it is entirely your choice. We promise we won’t judge. 😉
And we’ll happily send you your jar with Ammiji’s voice ringing in our ears “Marjaaneyon, khasma nu khaaneyon, whiskey paa’ti miththey ‘ch!”
Ingredients: Sugar, Water, Cream, Butter, Bourbon whiskey, Sea salt
Weight: 200 gm
Good For: 2 months
Note: No preservatives or corn syrup are used in our caramel, unlike other sauces available in the market.
Also note: Refrigerate once you receive. Take it out an hour before use or warm the jar in a bowl of hot water to achieve room temperature consistency.
Also also note: This product is made when we receive your order to ensure that you get a freshly made jar each time. Please allow us 2-3 days to dispatch it.
Chocolate is sheer love, and who are we to resist the lure of love? Made with a few sarcastic rejoinders from Ammiji ringing in our ears (she is not too fond of chocolate), this jar is heaven. A ganache, a dessert topping, a smoothie maker, a sandwich filling – this is a multipurpose spread or sauce. With the texture of silk and the consistency of molasses, Ammiji’s jar of chocolate will make your heart sing happy songs.
This is made from pure dark chocolate. And it has undertones of caramel that complement the chocolate perfectly.
No trans fats and no preservatives make this jar not only sinful, but a guilt-free sinful. Sin without the guilt. Get it?
This is made at home in small batches to ensure freshness each time you order.
Ammiji likes jam on her toast now and then – especially with a cup of sugarless chai. She’s never really made her own jam though. When asked why, she sniffed and said, “English grandmothers make jams. Indian grandmothers make chutneys.” (Yes, she makes us roll our eyes on a regular basis.) She has firmly disassociated herself with any jam we make, but she’ll lift up the jar and inspect it with her hawk eye when it is presented to her.
So it was with this jam. “What do you mean by ‘brandied’?”, she asked. When we told her that the jam had a bit of brandy, her only answer was to put the jar down on the table with a definite snap. “Do what you want with your English jams and English grandmothers!”, she said. We’re taking that as grudging permission. 😀
Summer means that the market is flooded with beautiful, ripe summer fruit. And the most attractive of these (besides the much-loved mangoes) are the cherries – sweet, plump, juicy cherries, glistening a bright red or a deep maroon. So we took those cherries, soaked them in brandy overnight, and cooked a chunky jam out of it!
Our Brandied Cherry Jam has the perfectly spreadable consistency and each bite will give you a few pieces of juicy, sweet cherries in your mouth. It’s slightly boozy from the premium brandy and we’ve let the sweet tartness of the cherries shine through by limiting the amount of sugar we put in it. The fragrance is heady with brandy with a touch of pure vanilla. The texture is achieved by letting the fruit slow-cook and release its own pectin. There is no added packaged pectin or preservatives. What you get is real fruit, turned into a jam in small batches, the old-fashioned away.
The cherry jam tastes fantastic spread on toast, achieves excellence when served with scones and hits sublime when paired with cheese and crackers. Layer your cakes with it or dollop it onto ice-cream sundaes. What you do with it is totally you!
Note: Seasonal item. Will be available only till the fruit is available!
Ingredients: Cherries, sugar, brandy, lemon juice, vanilla extract.