Amla- The humble Indian gooseberry

by Shanu Pande
February 17, 2022
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Gooseberry, or Amla as it is popularly called in India, has hordes of health benefits. As kids, we often popped up the rotund green fruit topping it up with salt and black pepper.

Today, the tangy sweet Amla candy sold in many stores is relished by kids and adults alike. Dried Amla is also available in stores and can replace the fresh fruit.

Amla - Gooseberry - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

One can also add Amla to chutneys, murabbas, and pickles to gain the best of its health benefits.

Amla - Gooseberry - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

 

Amla - Gooseberry - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

Some interesting facts about Amla

  • The translucent fruit gets its name from the word ‘Amlaki’ translating to “nectar of life”. 
  • The humble Amla has almost 8 times more Vitamin C than orange and has far more anti-oxidative properties than Acai berry and pomegranate.

Health benefits of Amla

  • Good for eyes- High carotene content in Amla is good for eye health. Studies have revealed that consuming Amla regularly can reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration.
  • Helps fight common cold- Consuming 2 teaspoons of Amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey can relieve you of cold discomfort. You can consume this on a regular basis for permanent relief.
  • Boosts immunity- Being a potent antioxidant, Amla boosts immunity and overall general health.
  • Good for skin- The Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and antioxidants present in Amla purify the blood and make your skin look radiant. It also has numerous anti-ageing properties.
  • Good for hair- Amla has high carotene and iron that strengthens hair and boosts hair growth. Amla hair oil has benefits of Amla and gives sheen to your hair, if applied regularly.


Amla Chutney- an easy recipe to consume Amla regularly in your diet

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Ingredients:

  • Amla- 4
  • Coriander leaves- 1 bunch (clean)
  • Mint leaves- 2 teaspoon
  • Green chilies- 2
  • Ginger- One small piece 
  • Cumin seeds- a pinch 
  • Hing- a pinch 
  • Mustard seeds- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Oil- 1 tsp

Method

  • Cut Amla into pieces. Carefully, remove its seeds.
  • Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilies, hing, cumin seeds, ginger, and salt. Blend in a blender or a mixer.  Add a bit of water so that it makes a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil, add mustard seeds. Add this tempering to the paste and mix well. The yummy chutney is ready.
  • Relish this chutney with bread, Roti, or naan. You can also consume it with any snack, chips or add in a bowl of salad for that tangy flavor.
Amla - Gooseberry - Singal's - Indian Grocery Store

Is it safe to consume Amla for everyone?

According to studies, people can consume Amla in their diet on a regular basis. However, if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding then it is not advisable to eat Amla. Also, health practitioners do not suggest consuming Amla to diabetic people.

 

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