Amla Ki Achaari Sabji/ A quick side Dish out of Indian Gooseberry

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Amla a wonder berry or fruit, easily grown wildly as well as cultivated in the Indian subcontinent and many other parts of the world. This is considered a Nectar Fruit according to ancient Ayurvedic texts. Though it has a very sour taste yet loaded with numerous health benefits. This fruit is the richest source of Vitamin C and also reduces the harmful effects of diabetes. Since ages, this has been used as an antioxidant and anti ageing source. This wonder berry is also beneficial to improve immunity, appetite, hair quality, and eye health.

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Amla fruit can be eaten in any form whether taken as raw with a sprinkle of salt or honey or to dry out to make a powder. Its sharbat is quite popular these days. Winter yields the best quality products so this fruit can be pickled or jammed easily this time of the year. I usually prepare a side dish with Amla to be eaten in the main course with other dishes especially Dal Tadka. I make this dish in mustard oil adding some whole spices which are used in our pickles like fennel,  fenugreek and nigella seeds etc. All these ingredients make a yummy  achaari amla dish

 

Course – Main Course/side dish

Cuisine – Indian

 Prep Time – 10 Min

 Cook Time – 10 Min

 Total Time – 20 Min

 Yield – 4 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan

 Ingredients

1- Amla or gooseberry – 300 gms
2- Fennel seeds/saunf – 2 tsp
3- Fenugreek seeds/ methi dana – 2 tsp
4- Nigella seeds/kalonji – 2 TSP
5- Whole red chilli – 1-2 nos
6- Salt – to taste
7- Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
8- Dry coriander powder – 1 tsp

9- Turmeric powder/Haldi – 1 tsp
10- – Mustard oil – 1 tbsp
11- Water – 2 tbsp

 Instructions

1- Give a few cuts to amlas so that they cook quickly and the flavours of masala goes inside the fruit

2- Heat oil in a pan to smoking point and switch off the flame for a while. Let the oil cool down a little bit otherwise, the spices will burn or charred

3- Switch on the flame and add whole red chilli followed by the whole spices. Saute them for a while and add salt and powdered spices


4- Add amla and stir them so that all the spice mix coat them very well


5- Cook amla with the masala for a few minutes so that it absorbs all the flavours of pickled spices

6- Add 2 tbsp water and cover the pan with the lid. This would help amla to cook well and become soft in the steam. Cook the dish until the oil leaves the pan
7- Serve the amla sabji with other dishes in the main course

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