Honey Gooseberry

Honey Gooseberry/Thean Nellikkai in Tamil, Amla in Hindi- It has innumerable medicinal values but tastes sour and bitter to consume more so we used to dip in salt to have a pleasant taste. We can make many recipes with Gooseberries as Jam, Pickle, juice, in sambar and Rasam too and as dried varieties, even though we can consume these taste very little only, this Honey Amla will be tasty and healthy to consume more as much as we like to enjoy.

It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury. … Regular intake of amla not only leads to healthy and glowing skin but also improves eyesight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids.his humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter.

Cures sore throat and cold: Amla is a great source of Vitamin C. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation trouble

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers: If taken in liquid form, amla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.

Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried amla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.Amla candy is good for eyesight and for the brain. Picture courtesy: Theindianvegan.blogspot.in.

Helps in weight loss: Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including amla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.

Here are some ways to use Amla or Amlaki (nectar of life in Sanskrit) in your daily life:  

Dried amla for snacking: The luscious, tangy-sweet flavour of this fruit makes it a perfect winter-time snack. It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body, unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury.

Amla powder for your hair: Amla is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It acts as a natural conditioner for healthy, shiny hair. It also slows down the greying process. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles, and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. Use amla oil or mix amla powder in henna and apply on your hair.

Amla for glowing skin: This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Regular intake of amla not only leads to a healthy and glowing skin but also improves eye sight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids. Eat as murabba, pickles or candies; but consume it daily.

The easiest way to have amla is either raw or if you have a taste for it, you could even keep some dried amla candy with you to munch on whenever hungry. This will tackle the junk factor in your life without compromising on taste! Even Honey Amla…

Honey Amla

Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation troubles.

Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers, Amla has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients:

Goosebery-200 gms

Jaggery-2 tbsp

Honey-150ml

Method:

  1. Wash and wipe gooseberries/Amla with a soft cloth. (Add a pinch of limestone powder to avoid shrinks on gooseberry on the final process).

2. Steam cook gooseberries for 3 minutes, Make sure not to cook for a long time this process is just to deseed. No need to cook soft.

3. Deseed, leave it to dry for 3 hours. Indoor is fine no need to dry under the direct sun.

Take a glass jar and add grated jaggery first then the deseeded Gooseberries.

Leave it for a day it will ooze out juice when it is incorporated with powdered Jaggery.

Now, Remove the liquid separately this can be used as a juice or otherwise bring it to boil the juice for one string consistency and add it to the gooseberries for more sweetness or optionally to have reduced honey to it.

If you do not need more sweetness you can soak in only Honey after the deseeding process. Honey acts as a preservative here

For Amla Candy:

Remove from syrup if excess and dry under hot sun for two days.

Store it in a jar for daily usage.

Water Melon juice

Water Melon juice to suppress body heat.

Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.

Watermelon juice
Watermelon juice

 

Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.

1 seedless watermelon

Powdered sugar or honey to taste

Cold water and ice cubes

Peel the watermelon and slice it into 1″ (2.5 cm) chunks using a sharp knife.

Blend your watermelon chunks and sweetener and check the consistency.

Add water for thinner juice and add ice cubes for thicker juice.

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