Amalaki or Amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry) is a fruit that has innumerous health benefits in Vedic food philosophy. It has strong healing and detoxifying properties, which makes it a great addition to your meals as a side pickle dish or a spread on your morning toast.
Living in North America, it is a challenge to find this healing fruit, however, I have had some luck finding it at our local Indian Store and they seem to always have it 🙂
I tend to stray away from food that has been exported from miles away…
However, when it comes to Amla; I am ok to make an exception knowing the countless health benefits this fruit possesses. It is known for it’s healing qualities by removing toxins from your digestive track and cooling your metabolic processes.
Here are some key health benefits of Amla (Amalaki) –
- Amla is a Natural Antioxidant
- Detoxifies and heals stomach lining
- Cooling and pacifying qualities for acidic stomach, as well as great for any body type.
- Promotes healthy and lustrous hair
- Packed with Vitamin C
- Purifies Blood and helps regulate blood sugar
- Amla has 5 out of the 6 required tastes that is recommended by Vedic Philosophy (more on Vedic Food Wisdom)
It is so easy to prepare and stores for over a month in refrigerator.
- Fresh Raw Amla Fruits (one bowl - 20 pieces)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- Wash Raw Amla Fruits nicely
- In a Pan or Skillet, add 1 tablespoon of oil
- on a low heat, add raw Amla Fruits
- Add in the salt, cumin seeds, Turmeric Powder to the Pan
- Stir to mix all the spices well with the Amla
- Cover with the lid and cook on low heat for (15-20 min). Check occasionally to ensure no sticking in the pan.
- It is cooked when Amla fruit is tender and easy to slice in pieces.
- Once cooled, store in a glass Jar and refrigerate.