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Indian Gooseberry

Botanical Name - Emblica officinalis

Indian Name - Amla

Other English names - Emblica myrobalan

Other Names - There are lots of names for Indian gooseberry. They are Aamalaki, neli, emblic, Amla, Aovla, Emblica, Emblica officinalis, Mirobalano, Myrobalan, Mirobalanus embilica, Myrobalan emblic.

Origin - The Indian gooseberry plant is native to India.

Appearance - Indian gooseberry fruits are of small size and light green in color. They have 6 vertical grooves on them. The taste of the fruit can be described as strong, harsh, and rough. This fruit is round shaped with vertical stripes and has a hard seed inside.


Indian gooseberry is one of the ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years. It is an excellent herbal medicine for the treatment of conjunctivitis. It protects us from

  • Cancer
  • Eye problem
  • Digestive problem
  • Stomach upset
  • Diabetes
  • Organ re-establishment
  • Killing Germs
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  1. This fruit fights and prevents from skin diseases and infection.

  2. It purifies the blood and helps for the growth of new tissues.

  3. It develops good eyesight.

  4. It improves liver functioning.

  5. It is believed to improve the functions of heart and strengthen the lungs.

  6. It stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin.

  7. This helps in lowering blood glucose levels, thus improving diabetes.

  8. It improves functioning of nerves and is helpful in paralytic conditions.

  9. It is one of the best tonics for brain and improves memory power and consciousness.

  10. It fights against free radicals that are responsible for development of different types of cancers and cell degeneration.

  11. It increases the production of red blood cells and in turn strengthens nails and teeth.

  12. It has a calming and soothing effect on our over all health.

  13. It is found that it acts as a sedative, relaxes muscles and improves sleep.

  14. It improves our general health and makes our immune system strong.

  15. It controls graying of hairs and accumulation of dandruff. Go to Top


Indian Gooseberry Recipes

1. Amla Murabba

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of grated gooseberries
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • Sugar as required
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds (crushed)
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
Amla Murabba
Method:
  1. Mix grated berries with sugar and water in a pan
  2. With frequent stirring heat till the sugar melts.
  3. After sugar melts, add cardamom seeds and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Simmer the heat and let it to get thick.
  5. Take away the cinnamon stick and allow it to cool.
  6. A spoon of Murabba every day cures all the diseases.
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2. Gooseberry Raita

Gooseberry Raita
Ingredients:
  • 2 or 3 Amlas
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 small cup grated coconut
  • 1 Cup curd, beaten
  • Salt as required
  • Cooking oil as required
  • 1 tbsp of Mustard seeds
  • 1 Red chilly
  • Pinch of Asafoetida(hing)
  • Few curry leaves
Method:
  1. Boil the berries till it become soft.
  2. Allow it to cool and remove all the seeds.
  3. Grate all the amla and grind it with green chilies and coconut.
  4. Beat the curd with salt.
  5. Prepare seasoning by heating oil in pan, first add mustard seeds, then chilies followed by hing and curry leaves.
  6. Pour the seasoning into berries mixture and add the curd.
  7. Mix it well.
  8. Amla raita is ready to serve.
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3. Indian Gooseberry Thokku

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of fresh field bean seeds
  • Ghee as required
  • Oil as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • Asafoetida, a pinch
Indian Gooseberry Thokku
Method:
  1. Clean the gooseberries remove the seeds and cut into small pieces and half cook them in the cooker.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, first add mustard seeds then onion, followed by garlic paste, red chili, pepper and curry leaves.
  3. Mix everything together and finally add the half boiled gooseberries with salt
  4. Sprinkle some water, cover and simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes.
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