Amla Chyawanprash or gooseberry relish is a popular digestive. It is also powerhouse of vitamins. Honey and spice mix make it very healthy. Gooseberries are rich in Vitamin C. Best chywanprash is the homemade one. You know what is in your bottle. It is without preservatives unlike market ones. You can make it in small batches and refrigerate.
Traditionally, elders recommend eating a spoonful twice a day especially in winter. Ayurveda also recommends it as dietary supplement to boost immunity. It also provides necessary Vitamin C. Get a gooseberry kick by adding spices like cardamom, fennel, pepper, cinnamon and saffron.
Benefits of Amla Chyawanprash:
- Gooseberry helps detox and increase immunity.
- Fennel improves digestion while cardamom combats nausea.
- Cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels and also reduces heart disease.
- Black pepper helps weight loss while saffron improves skin & blood cells.
What makes this recipe of Chyawanprash extraordinary but simple?
- Organic, homemade and has no preservatives.
- Adjusting the sugar and jaggery is possible and hence you can customize according to your needs.
- Commercial chywanprash has huge amounts of sugar in it because it is used as a preservative and relish is easier to market to all age groups. However, sugar does remove the health benefits.
- Jaggery first of all increases the heat in the body, improves iron content and yet has amazing mineral and immunity benefits.
- It also prevents cold, purifies blood, aids digestion and detoxes the liver.
- The ingredients are basic and easily available in the pantry, there are different combinations of spices that are used to make this, we have just used the basic and easily available ones. The main ingredient which remains the same is the amla base.
Amla Chyawanprash ingredients
- The base of the the relish is Amla or Indian gooseberry. You can steam them or boil them in water until the flakes open up.
2.Basic spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, cardamom .Lightly toast them in a pan for few minutes. Grind them once they cool.
3. Other ingredients include sugar, jaggery, honey & ghee.
how to make amla chyawanprash at home?
- Mash the gooseberries.
2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add the gooseberry paste and start cooking it.
3. Add the sugar and jaggery. Mix well and let it cook.
4. Cook until sugar melts.
5. Add the honey to the mix.
6. Add the grounded spices. Mix well and turn off the heat. Once it cools, store it in a clean glass bottle.
Amla Chywanprash recipe
- clean sterlised jar
- 1 medium piece 'dalchini' or cinnamon
- 1 'jaiphal' or nutmeg
- 6 'elaichi' or cardamom pods
- 1 tablespoon 'saunf' or fennel seeds
- 1 tsp. black pepper optional
- Grind the spices and keep it aside.
- Steam amla for 15-20 mins.Alternatively, pressure cook them with minimal water for 1 whistle.
- De-seed them and mash them.
- Heat ghee in a pan and add amla to it.
- Mix sugar and jaggery to this.
- Let it cook on low flame for 15- 20 minutes.
- Add the honey and cook on a low flame until you get a gooey mixture.
- Add the powdered the spices to the mix and cook for few minutes
- Store in a clean jar once it cools.
This recipe yields 500 grams of chywanprash.Ensure you use a dry spoon always because moisture can spoil it.
You can also make them from frozen gooseberries.
You need to store this in a refrigerator especially in tropical regions because it has no preservatives are added. Hence, it requires cool temperature naturally.
It increases immunity and gives stamina.
- Always use a clean spoon in jar.
- Always store the relish in a clean dry jar.