Amla also known as Indian gooseberries (sci. Emblica officinalis) is a storehouse of nutrition.This nourishing fruit is the richest source of the antioxidant, Vitamin C.
Amla enhances the absorption of food, balances stomach acid & improves appetite. It is very good for people with gastric syndrome & burning sensation in abdomen. It fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, is good for the skin, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens the eyes & improves muscle tone .
It also regulates the blood sugar levels in diabetics by stimulating the pancreas to secrete insulin. It has been used in prevention & treatment of scurvy (disease caused due to deficiency of vitamin C) since ages. Amla is known to preserve the eyesight, improve the vision, treat conjunctivitis & glaucoma. It lowers cholesterol levels & has anti ageing properties. The best way to enjoy the benefits of amla is to consume it raw.
Amla Mirch Lonji
Amla 15 nos
Green chillies 10-12 nos
Turmeric/Haldi powder 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Heeng a pinch
Fennel seeds/saunf powder 2 tsp
Dry coriander/dhania powder 3 tsp
Kalonji/onion seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 4 tablespoon
Boil Amla in a pan with required amount of water. When it becomes soft turn off the flame. Drain the water & allow to cool.
Deseed the amla and cut into pieces as shown in the picture.
Wash the green chillies & pat dry.
Cut into small pieces as shown in the picture.
Heat oil in a Kadahi/vok. Add kalonji & jeera to it. Allow them to splutter.
Add asafoetida & boiled Amla pieces. Add salt and turmeric powder & stir.
Cook in a medium flame till Amla becomes tender. Add green chilli pieces, stir and cook again for two minutes.
Now add the remaining spices and mix well. Cook for a minute. Turn off the flame. The Amla Mirchi lonji is ready.
Serve with chapati/parantha.
For more information on health benefits of amla please refer http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-indian-gooseberry-or-amla.html