Homemade Spicy Fresh Grape Jelly Without PectinIn the U.S. and Canada Jelly refers to a clear or translucent fruit spread (jam) made from sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice and is set by using its naturally occurring pectin, Additional pectin may be added where the original fruit does not supply enough, for example with grapes. Jelly can be made from sweet, savory or hot ingredients. It is made by a process similar to that used for making jam, with the additional step of filtering out the fruit pulp after the initial heating. Jelly can come in a variety of flavors such as grape jelly, strawberry jelly, hot chile pepper, and others. It is typically eaten with a variety of foods. This includes jelly with toast, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Last weekend I bought a bag of Grapes from fruit market, but found them not so sweet in taste. So I thought not trash them. I had two recipes in my mind, one is to make juice out of the grapes, and the second one is making jelly. So chose the second one. But I make the jelly little spicy, so I can got the Indian taste. I used "Vegetable Oil", "Panch Foron" Or "Famous Bengali Five Spices", & "Whole Red Chili" for tempering, and Fresh Grapes, Lemon Juice & Sugar. And believe me it tastes awesome. You can have them with flour tortillas also.
Steps to Prepare
Take the grapes, remove the stems and wash under the cold water very well. Now take the grapes in a large bowl, add salt & lemon juice and coat the grapes well.
Now place the salt & lemon juice coated grapes under the sun for 1 hour. After 1 hour mash the grapes with your clean hand or potato masher very well. Make sure each grape is mashed well.
Now heat oil in a non-stick sauce pan. Add whole red chili & panch foron (if you could not have none of them, just ignore this step) and fry for 30 seconds. Do not let them burn.
Add the mashed grapes to the sauce pan and let it cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add the sugar and bring the grape & sugar mixture to boil till it becomes thick to jelly consistency.
It will take 15-20 minutes to become sticky jelly. Ladle the jelly into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top. Close the bottle and keep inside the refrigerator.
Enjoy your "Homemade Grape Jelly" with any thing you like, with bread, bun, cookies, crackers even with roti/chapatis/tortillas.