Amla Mirch Lonji

Amla Mirch Lonji

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Boiled & Deseeded Amla

Wash the green chillies & pat dry.

Green chillies

Cut into small pieces as shown in the picture.

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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.

Refrigerate & consume with in 3 -4 days.

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

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-herbs/emblica-officinalis.html

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