Amla: This fruit can solve all your problems

From Dadi’s nuskhe to a well-studied wonder food, amla is a winter staple you just can’t do without.

Meghna Kriplani

What’s on My Plate?

Amla or Indian gooseberry. Your grandmother’s nuskha for almost everything, the versatile amla holds a beloved spot in most Indian kitchens. And it’s time to find out, what makes this fruit so special.


From skin and haircare to high immunity to good gut health—it seems amla can fix every part of your body. And science knows why. A 2013 review article in the International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmacy on the nutritional benefits of amla suggests that the fruit contains very high levels of vitamin C, which is can fight aging and cancer while building your body’s defenses against infections and giving you the boon of blemish-free skin. Additionally, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition claims that amla can prevent inflammation in the body and inhibit blood clots.

Where to Buy:

Come winter, fresh amla is available pretty much everywhere—from local grocery vendors to departmental stores to online services. If you find yourself craving for good ol’ amla’s health benefits during the off-season, you can pick up dehydrated amla chewies, amla powder, and even amla powder at health stores.

Eat This:

If you manage the intense tanginess of the fruit, then there is no better way to enjoy its health benefits than to eat it raw. Alternatively, you can also prepare an amla pickle of sorts by cooking the whole fruit with mustard oil and spices. You can also add amla to salads; pulao; vegetable juices and smoothies; raita; and soups. Run of the mill recipes don’t excite you anymore? Then try promoting this food from a side dish to the main stair by preparing amla fry subzi.

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