Murabba is a type of ayurvedic and Unani medicinal preparations. Now, common people have started using them as healthy Indian recipes due to their health benefits and immunity booster effects. In English, Murabba is compared with Marmalade, Jam and sweet preserve.
Murabba word is derived from Arabic language. It has meaning of something that fosters and promotes health. Murabba also means for sugar preserve, which is used in place of fresh fruits when they are not available in the market. The main purpose of preparing murabba is preserving fruits and herbs for a period when they are not available, but they might require in other seasons because of their medicinal and therapeutic value.
- Murrabajat (Plural word)
Types of Murabba
According to main ingredient used while preparing murabba, it has many types. The commonly used murabba are as follows.
- Amla Murabba: Amla Murabba is most commonly used in India due to its several health benefits including its effects as immunity booster, antioxidant and health promoter. It contains Amla, so it has all benefits of amla fruits.
- Aam ka murabba (Mango Murabba): Mango murabba improves digestion. It is also useful as general health tonic.
- Apple Murabba (Saib Ka Murabba): It is prepared from apple. In general, ayurvedic doctors recommend apple murabba to heart patients.
- Bel Murabba: It is prepared from Bel fruit. It is beneficial for people suffering with abdominal diseases and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Gajar ka murabba (Carrot Murabba): The main ingredient of carrot murabba is carrots. It is a good source of vitamin A, so it is used for the treatment of eye diseases. It is also used in people with anemia.
- Allam Murabba: It is sweet ginger preparation used for abdominal diseases including indigestion, loss of appetite and anorexia nervosa.
- Harar Murabba: Murabba Harar is an ayurvedic and herbal preparation and sweet preserve for fruits of terminalia chebula plant (Chebulic Myrobalan or Yellow Myrobalan). It is beneficial for the treatment of constipation, loss of appetite, piles (hemorrhoids), acidity, cough, common cold and asthma.
However, the main ingredient of every type of murabba is different, but followings are common ingredients used while making murabba.
- Water: Water is used for washing and making sugar syrup.
- Sugar: Sugar is used for making sugar syrup. Generally, both sugar and water is taken in equal amount and boil until one to two strands consistency of sugar syrup maintained.
- Additives: Blanched almonds, saffron, cardamom seeds are common additives in every type of murabba.