Amla or gooseberries are the ancient traditions in the Indian sub-continent for its immense medicinal values. Vitamin C is its mainstay besides being loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin B complex, calcium, phosphorus, and carotene, to name a few. Innocuous looking, translucent, greenish amla has much to offer for your good health.

  • It has great detoxification properties
  • Supports heart, brain, lungs, liver and stomach functions
  • Great for healthy eyes, hair, and glowing skin
  • Terminates free-radicals and offers a healthier body and longevity.

Why you would need all those supplements when you can have amla in your food? Here are a few recipes with its immense benefits.

1. Amla Jam or Murabba

gooseberries jam

A winter preserve, amla murabba is your any time vitamin C supplement. This tasty yet easy to make recipe is just amazing.

Ingredients: 500gm amlas, 500gm sugar, a ¼ spoon of cardamom powder, and few strands of saffron.

Method:  Wash amlas, prick them with the fork, boil them on high flame for 10 minutes, then drain out the water. Dissolve sugar in 3 cups of water to make syrup, boil and add amlas for 15-minutes until tender.

Let the mixture cool in pan, cover it and let it stay in syrup for 2 days. Take out amlas and boil syrup again to higher density, after adding saffron and cardamom powder. Add amlas again to boil for a few minutes, let it cool to store it in a dry jar.

Ref: Tarla Dalal

2. Amla Honey party drink

Enjoy a sweet and sour cool and flavored healthy drink.

Ingredients: 4 chopped amlas, 1tsp amla crush, ½ tsp powdered star anise or ‘Chakri Phool’, 1tbsp honey, and ice.

Method: Blend all the ingredients in 1-1/2 cup of water, then strain it. Add honey and ice to serve after garnishing with Chakri Phool.

Ref: Tarla Dalal



3 Gooseberry (Amla) Crumble

Ingredients: 500g gooseberry (Amla) washed, 175gm plain flour, 85gm Golden castor sugar, 75 gm Demerara sugar. 85 g salted butter.

Method:  Preheat the oven, mix amlas with castor sugar, spread in the baking tray with 2tbsp water. Now make crumble with the flour, butter, and a pinch of salt. Mix them well then add Demerara sugar. Spread the mix atop gooseberries to bake for 40 minutes.

Gooseberry (Amla) Crumble

Ref: BBC Good food

4. Amla (gooseberry) Pickle

This pickle will make your meal even more healthy and interesting.

Ingredients: 20 amlas, 6 tsp fennel seeds (Saunf), 1/2 tsp asafoetida (Hing), coarsely ground 6 tsp split fenugreek seeds (Methi Kuria), 2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji), 6 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp turmeric powder (Haldi), 4 tbsp mustard oil, 3 tsp salt.

Method: Wash and boil amlas for 10 minutes, take out and cut them in pieces. Boil amlas for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Drain water and allow them to cool. Cut the amlas in pieces.

Mix all ingredients well with mustard oil and toss them together with amlas.

Keep the pickles in a glass jar and expose it to the sunlight for 4 days. It is good to eat for 1 month and about 6 months in the fridge.

Amla (gooseberry) Pickle

5. Sun-dried amla

Eat dried and lemony amlas.

Ingredients: Amlas, lemon juice, and salt

Method: Wash amlas, cut in thin slices without seeds, add lemon & salt then sun dry them for few days after spreading all on a big platter.

Have a happy time with Amla!

References:

https://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-amla-49
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/gooseberry