Phalsa Chutney

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Chutney made from rare and exotic Indian Berry – Fhalsa! Limited Stocks only 🙂


When we were in school, we would eagerly wait for the vendor’s call: kaale kaale phalse, sharbet wale phalse, thande meethe phalse, bade raseele phalse. And this call would make kids in the neighborhood run out in the scorching sun during the summer vacation to buy a handful. The phalsa fruit has very little to chew on. The purple fruit—around a centimetre in diameter—is sweet and sour, and has only a thin layer of greenish white pulp over its seed.

What surprised me the most was that the vendor’s basket would have just a few fruits. I could not visualise the business sense of roaming around with a nearly empty tokri (basket). We used to make up stories that the phalsa shrub was full of thorns and the vendor was a hero who braved the thorns to get the fruit.  But in reality, the phalsa shrub is thorn-free. And the reason he used to bring it in small quantities is because the fruit ripens in small batches; they have to be handpicked individually, and, have a short shelf-life.

Falsa fruit are small berries that grow on the tree Grewia asiatica. The fruit, known as Phalsa in India, resembles black currents but are not the same. While black current shrubs do produce similar small, glossy, purple berries, they are native to parts of Europe and northern Asia. Falsa shrubs, on the other hand, are native to southern Asia, including Pakistan, India, and Cambodia, and are widely cultivated in other tropical countries.

Since my Grandfather was from pre partition Lahore, he used to get this chutney made during the fhalsa season. It is a great relish and totally unputdownable. Now when I google this relish I realise it’s importance during the iftar meals. Enjoy this goodness until it lasts!

Ingredients : Fhalsa/Grewia Asiatica fruit, rise water, saffron, sugar, black salt, chilli, mango powder.

Weight : 200 gms

Shipping – We have processing time of 7 to 14 days on all our products, however it may take 3-4 weeks for final delivery depending on your location and pincode.

Fhalsa or berry is soaked for 48 hours in rose water and saffron before cooking


Falsa chutney


Additional information

Weight 200 g
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in

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  1. Shals (verified owner)

    The Phalsa Chutney is really delicious. I used to love phalse in summer in Rajasthan as a kid but haven’t seen them in years. Every summer I remember them a few times. This chutney lives up to the nostalgia of remembered taste
    and goes further. It adds a subtle adult flair to the taste. My compliments to the recipe maker and the cooks!

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  2. Asmita Swarupkumar Mukherjee (verified owner)

    The Fhalsa Chutney is deliciously Fhalsefic. Taking a handful in a green banana leaf cone I used to eat Fhalsa like crazy in my childhood days. That’s why after receiving the bottle in courier I became nostalgic. One spoonful of the Chutney is a burst of flavours inside the mouth. Kudos to Masala Monk for giving me back my childhood all over again.

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