Sunday, December 12, 2010

Amla (nellikkai / gooseberry) juice

The dermatologist said amla is a very good body cleanser and drinking amla juice every morning has great effects on the skin. I have no idea how much this is true but amla in general has several good properties. No harm drinking amla juice, right?

Because amla is so tart, I thought it would take a lot of sugar to make the juice sweet. Thus, I decided to make a spicy drink instead.

Ingredients (makes about 4 glasses):
3 medium-sized amla
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 1/2 tsp chat powder or jaljira powder
4 glasses water

1. Wash the amla and make cuts on it reaching till the seed (this makes it easier to remove the flesh later). No need to de-seed.
2. Place the amla in a microwaveable dish, cover with water and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Keep aside to cool.
3. Remove the flesh from the cooled amla and discard the seeds.
4. Blend the amla in a mixie along with asafoetida and chat/jaljira powder into a very fine paste, adding a little water if necessary.
5. Stir the amla mixture into the rest of the water.
6. Chill in the refrigerator.
7. Stir the entire contents again before pouring into individual glasses to serve.

This makes a cool, refreshing and healthy drink.

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