- Emblica officinalis Botanical Name
Indian Name - Amla
- Emblica myrobalan Other English 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. Other Names
- The Indian gooseberry plant is native to India. Origin
- 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
This fruit fights and prevents from skin diseases and infection.
It purifies the blood and helps for the growth of new tissues.
It develops good eyesight.
It improves liver functioning.
It is believed to improve the functions of heart and strengthen the lungs.
It stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin.
This helps in lowering blood glucose levels, thus improving diabetes.
It improves functioning of nerves and is helpful in paralytic conditions.
It is one of the best tonics for brain and improves memory power and consciousness.
It fights against free radicals that are responsible for development of different types of cancers and cell degeneration.
It increases the production of red blood cells and in turn strengthens nails and teeth.
It has a calming and soothing effect on our over all health.
It is found that it acts as a sedative, relaxes muscles and improves sleep.
It improves our general health and makes our immune system strong.
It controls graying of hairs and accumulation of dandruff.
2. Gooseberry Raita
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
Boil the berries till it become soft.
Allow it to cool and remove all the seeds.
Grate all the amla and grind it with green chilies and coconut.
Beat the curd with salt.
Prepare seasoning by heating oil in pan, first add mustard seeds, then chilies followed by hing and curry leaves.
Pour the seasoning into berries mixture and add the curd.
Mix it well.
Amla raita is ready to serve.
3. Indian Gooseberry Thokku
1 cup of fresh field bean seeds
Ghee as required
Oil as required
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Asafoetida, a pinch
Clean the gooseberries remove the seeds and cut into small pieces and half cook them in the cooker.
Heat oil in a pan, first add mustard seeds then onion, followed by garlic paste, red chili, pepper and curry leaves.
Mix everything together and finally add the half boiled gooseberries with salt
Sprinkle some water, cover and simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes.