Amla juice or Indian gooseberry juice is a delicious and wonderful beverage loaded with so many health benefits.
Amla is one of the highly sought after fruit in India for its immense health benefits. Ayurveda celebrates amla like no other fruit. It is a powerhouse of Vitamin C, excellent immunity booster and used very widely to increase and maintain hair health.
If you are looking for easy and delicious ways to include amla in your diet, this juice is definitely one of them. This is a super simple beverage that is also a wonderful detox drink.
During summer I make loads of fresh fruit juices and lemonades at home to keep ourselves hydrated. Last week I picked up some excellent quality amla and have been making this juice along with many others we eat them.
This juice is an age old way to consume amla and takes merely 5 minutes to make. Usually we do not add any sugar to it, but I add a pinch of it for my kid. You can make this juice with both fresh amla or amla powder. So do make and drink amla juice and reap the benefits . Here are more details about this recipe along with variations. Also check out the amazing health benefits of this wonder potion 🙂
What Is Amla
Amla derived from the Sanskrit word Amalaki is the fruit commonly known as Indian gooseberry. This is a very very healthy fruit and there are many legendary tales that speak out the greatness of this fruit. It was believed that amla was equal to ambrosia, the heavenly nectar. It is also considered as one of the rasayanas which has anti ageing properties.
It is an inexpensive super food that is very easily available. If you are looking to improve Vitamin C, this amla juice is one of your best choice. Indian gooseberry is known as amla in Hindi, Nellikai in Tamil, Kannada and usirikaya in Telugu.
It is a seasonal fruit found through winters to beginning of summer. According to ayurveda amla is Tridoshic, meaning amla helps to balance all the three elements, vata (wind), Pitta (bile) and kapa (phlegm) of the body.
Amla is eaten both raw and used in various recipes. Along with this amla juice you can also make amla chutney, rice, pickle, salad, amla murabba etc.
About This Recipe
Amla juice is a simple and healthy beverage made with Indian gooseberries and water. This is a wonderful drink loaded with antioxidants, source of vitamin c and a great immunity booster when taken regularly.
This juice is also wonderful for flushing toxins out making it a great detox drink. This amla juice recipe is a super simple one that you can make in less than 10 minutes.
While you can make this juice with just Indian gooseberries and water, there are also other ways to flavor this juice. We can also add few more ingredients to boost the nutrition.
I usually make this juice with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Sometimes I add a dash of honey or palm sugar to entice my daughter.
When you make amla juice you can also add some lemon juice, ginger, few curry leaves, a dash of moringa powder to this.
I never filter the pulp or pass it through the sieve. By doing that we will loose some of the nutrition too. Amla is easy to grind and you can grind into a smooth paste very easily which eliminates the need to sieve it.
If you wish to flavor the juice you can 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, a dash pure edible camphor etc.
Regular consumption of amla juice has so many health benefits, I have listed a few after the detailed recipe. Do try out this easy juice, reap the benefits of amla and enjoy. It is
super easy to make
delicious and refreshing
loaded with vitamin C
Best summer drink
A magic potion with immense health benefits
How To Make Amla Juice Recipe
With Fresh Amlas
Rinse and wipe 2-3 raw amla fruit thoroughly. Dice them and remove the small pit inside each fruit as you dice.
Add the chopped amlas to a small mixer grinder.
Add 1/2 cup water to it.
Blend into a smooth paste. Add a big pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon palm sugar or raw sugar and blend again.
Transfer to a large bowl.
Add 3 cups water and mix thoroughly.
Serve immediately. To get the full benefits of this juice, avoid refrigeration or adding excessive sugar.
With Dried Amlas
If you do not have fresh amla you can use dried ones. It is available in Indian stores or online.
Soak 3-4 pieces of big dried amla in 1/2 cup warm water for 7-8 hours.
Once it is softened blend to a fine paste with same water. The color will be darker.
Add a pinch of salt, sugar if needed and top with 3 cups water. Mix well and serve.
We sometimes make a yogurt drink called chaas or buttermilk with amlas. For that just add 3 tablespoons thick fresh yogurt while blending gooseberries. Avoid sugar and add only salt. Top with water as required, mix well and serve Indian buttermilk drink immediately.
If you are drinking amla juice for detox, it is best to consume in empty stomach. For kids it is better to serve few hours after taking food or as mid morning drink.
Do not make and store this drink. Make it fresh and drink asap.
Health Benefits Of Amla Juice
Drinking fresh amla juice regularly will be helpful in the following ways.
Improves immunity– This is one of the most important benefits of drinking this juice regularly. It is loaded with vitamic C, the needed component for immunity. It is also believed that amla fights free radicals, increase white blood cells and helps body fights infections and maintain good health.
Improves gut health. It also has anti inflammatory properties. It helps in treating mouth ulcers.
Wonderful detox drink that helps flushing toxins out.
Excellent for hair health and strengthens hair follicles. It also stimulates hair growth and reduces hair fall. You can even warm 1/2 cup coconut oil, cut amla (1 big) into two, add to it and let sit for few hours. Once done, strain and store this oil in airtight container and use this oil to massage the scalp.
Amla juice is also said to be helpful to lose weight. Drinking this juice in empty stomach helps in losing weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Excessive consumption may lead to aggravated phlegm. Amla juice also increases the risk of bleeding so it should be avoided after any surgery. It also reduces the blood sugar levels significantly if taken in excessively.
For weight loss and detox, it is best to drunk in empty stomach and for kids it is advisable to serve as mid morning drink.
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1 CUP = 250 ml
- 3 Indian gooseberries amla or 3 pieces dried amla
- 3.5 cups water
- 1 teaspoon palm sugar or manuka honey
- Salt big pinch
- Rinse and wipe 2-3 raw amla fruit thoroughly. Dice them and remove the small pit inside each fruit as you dice.
- Add the chopped amlas to a small mixer grinder.
- Add 1/2 cup water to it.
- Blend into a smooth paste. Add a big pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon palm sugar or raw sugar and blend again.
- Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add 3 cups water and mix thoroughly.
- Serve immediately. To get the full benefits of this juice, avoid refrigeration or adding excessive sugar.