Saturday, 11 January 2014

How to Dry Amla at Home in Sun: Dried Amla Recipe + Benefits

 

It is easy to make dried amlas at home and it has wonderful health benefits. The wonderful thing about amlas is that even if we dry them, they don't lose their nutrients. Amlas have a bitter taste when you bite into them, then leave a sweet after taste. I have always hated eating amlas fresh, though I am very well aware of the health benefits of this wonderful fruit. Over the years I have found delicious way of eating the fruit like amlas in honey, amla pickle, etc. This dried amla is the latest addition to the list. I have always suffered from motion sickness, especially when I am traveling to hill stations. Since I travel at least monthly once to see my son, who is studying in a hill station, I suffer a lot. Only the thought of seeing my son and bringing him home, encourages me to take these trips. But now I have found a healthy and effective remedy for motion sickness. I have found that citrus aroma helps me a lot with motion sickness. When I chew on this dried amla, the citrus taste keeps me from falling sick and throwing up. When I say dried amla, please don't think it doesn't taste good. Because you are sun drying it with salt and lemon juice, it tastes really nice. It is also one of the best source of vitamin c. Regular intake of amlas in any form keeps you healthy and gives a healthy glow to your skin. Try to sun dry the amlas when you have plenty of sunlight. If it is not properly sun dried, it will get spoilt soon. But if you dry it well, it stores well for months. To make dried amla, take fresh amlas, remove the seeds and cut into small pieces. Mix it with salt and lemon juice. Sun dry till crisp and store in airtight boxes. Your dried amlas are ready! These amla are high in vitamin C. Regular consumption helps to boost immunity and it helps in iron absorption too. These dried amlas also help prevent vomiting sensation during pregnancy. If given to children, it prevents them from getting cold and flu. This dried amlas also will prevent hair fall, if consumed regularly. If you don't get plenty of sunlight in your place then you can dry the amla pieces in microwave or oven or in shade till the moisture is completely gone.

 



METHOD:
1. Take fresh amlas and remove the seeds by pounding them in a mortar and pestle. Don't crush them finely.


2. Cut the amlas into very small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they will dry out in the sun.


3. Mix the cut pieces with lemon juice and salt.


4. Dry them out in the sun, spread on a plate.


5. Once dry, store them in airtight boxes.


NOTES:
  • Use only fresh amlas.
  • If it is not dried properly, they will spoil soon.
  • Make sure to do this dried amlas during hot summer months, when you get plenty of sunlight.
  • Store them only, after it is sun dried completely. 
  • I felt the amount of salt I have given was perfect, but if you feel it is too salty for you, you can reduce it a bit.

42 comments:

  1. Dear Ramya, Thanks for this recipe.
    Approax. how many days will I have to keep them in sunlight to get them dried?
    I have seen dried amlas which are called "Avaala supari" in the small grocery shops. But its colour is dark black/brown. But your dried amlas have the same colour of amla i.e. green colour. So I would like to know whether what I have seen (black colour dried amlas) are sun-dried for even more longer time...which made them turn that dark colour?
    Please tell me how many days did you keep them in sunlight to get it dried. And also about the difference between the colour of amlas (dark black and your amla-green colour). I actually loved your dried amla colour.
    I am actually living in a flat and don't have sunlight access and I doubt I will dry them well keeping them near the window.
    I am really missing to try all of your wonderful recipes which include sunlight requirement.
    Thanks again for this simple yet healthy recipe.

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  2. Hi, I sun dried it for two days, as I did this recipe in peak summer. I think what you are referring to is called nelli mulli in Tamil, we use it for oil preparations and hair packs. As far as I know, it is just plain amlas dried till crisp, but I don't know the exact process of making it.....

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  3. Madam,

    Wish u& yr family a very happy new year.
    Thanks for the recipe. Its too simple yet healthy.

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  4. Thank you and wish you the same...:)

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  5. This is very useful recipe; please continue the good work !!

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  6. please tell how to use oven to dry amala

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    1. To use oven for drying the amla, spread the amla pieces over foil lined baking tray and bake at 180 centigrade till the moisture evaporates. If your oven has fan, the amla pieces will dry out evenly...

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  7. can we use freez to dry amala in defreezer section it gets solid like stone and when we put it in open air all saturated water comes out we get soft amala but I don't know how to dry it does anybody idea about it

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    1. Press the amlas using a soft towel to remove the moisture then dry it either under bright sunlight or in an oven......

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    2. Hi, I dried half kg amla into sunlight by just washing and cutting them into pieces. But now it's one week and I can see some black part there seems Luke fungus. Are they of no use now? It is happening 2nd time I don't know what's wrong there.

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  8. If fungus has formed, I am afraid you have to throw it away. If you add the correct amount of salt and the lemon juice, it will not develop fungus. Another tip is after the first day of sun drying, turn the pieces around that way there is no moisture left in the pieces to develop fungus....

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    1. Thanku so much for the reply. Next time I will take care of this.

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  9. Can I use this dry Amla preserve it in honey n use as Amla in honey

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    1. I guess you can but I think it will be too salty. Maybe reduce the salt content a bit while drying the amlas and then add them to honey for preserving....

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    2. Hi mam, I am an asthma patient.Please tell me that this is good for me or not. .

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    3. Asthma patients can consume this dried amla and it is very very good for you...:)

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  10. How much can be eaten in a day? Approx 1 amla. I tried a small batch with 5-6 amlas and found myself eating it up even before it has dried out in the sun. Its so yummy :) Also can we use rock salt instead of table salt. Do you have any recipe with sugar which can be sundried. I read one in which sugar, salt, black salt and black pepper was used and it was left out in the sun to dry. Any idea how it will taste? Am planning to make a small batch soon.

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    1. You can use rock salt too, just powder it in dry mixer before adding to the amla. I have not tried with sugar yet, I am sure the mixture you mentioned will taste good, give it a try. But be careful with the amount of black salt, it can be too overpowering. Try and tell me how it comes out...:)

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  11. I tried a small batch with sugar, salt, black salt and black pepper. It too tasted good. however I found myself having slight acidity after eating it. Do not know if it was a coincidence or maybe I put in too much black salt/pepper?

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    1. For some people citrus fruits cause acidity if had in an empty stomach, especially if had along with spices. Try having it in between meals and reduce the spices a bit...

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    2. Please, could you tell when have mixture black pepper/salt ? Means after dry it or before.

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    3. I would suggest adding the ingredients before sun drying as the moisture in the fresh amlas will help the black pepper and salt stick to it...

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  12. Thanks for the recipe Ramya. Will definitely try it out.

    Amla pieces mixed with jeera powder (cumin seed's powder), salt and pepper will also be a good combination. After mixing everything it should be sun dried properly. Amount of ingredients depend upon individual's taste. ☺

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  13. Hi Dear,
    Could you please tell the method drying fresh amla if there is not enough sunny days. I am gonna use the powder of dried amla for washing hair.

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    1. Hello, you can also dry amlas in OTG oven but make sure to turn them midway so the bottom part gets dried up. If you have a dehydrator, you can use it too..

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  14. I want to buy mortar and pestle exactly like the one you have it in your blog post " How to dry Amla at home in the sun". Would you please let me know where can i find such a product? I live in Bangalore. Do they sell online? Please advise. Thank you.

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    1. I am glad you liked the mortar and pestle :) but it is actually quite old and was passed on to me by my mother in law. Lately I haven't seen mortar and pestles shaped like it. I am sorry, I haven't bought mortar and pestles online so I don't know whether it is available online....

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  15. How many pieces of dry amala should I mix in a glass of water?

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    1. You don't have to mix dry amla in water. I prefer to snack on these dried amlas as it is.

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  16. If i dried the amla in sunlight then how to reduce the dust which is stick to the anwla...

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    1. I usually cover the amlas with a thin mesh while sun drying and this prevents dust from settling on top...

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  17. are the health benefits same if we dry the Amla in sun or oven

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    1. Yes they are the same whether amla is dried in the oven or under sunlight...

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  18. How long does dried amla last? I have bought packets that are now about 1 year old. Do you think they are still good. They look fine and smell fine.

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    1. Dried amlas actually last well for about a year. If they look and smell good, you can use them.....

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  19. Hello i m newcomer and my question is which Month amla available in market....and we dry amla with out lemon and salt in microwave...

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    1. Amla is available from October To April in India. I don't use microwave at home so I don't know how dried amla will turn out in the microwave....

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  20. How to dry Aamla for the purpose of washing hair, is it better to purchase Aamla powder instead ?

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    1. To dry amla for washing hair, don't add salt. Just break the amla pieces into very small pieces and sun dry till very crisp. There should be no moisture left at all. Dry grind in a mixer, sieve and store in the refrigerator...

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  21. Hi Ramya, do you know approximately how much of salt and lemon juice i should use? Secondly, can dried amla soaked in hot water to drink the water at later stage, if yes how long it needs to be soaked in hot water?

    rgds
    Mohaan

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  22. Hi Dear
    Can i freeze amla pieces in refrigerator without salt & lemon..just like we refrigerate peas,etc.,plz suggest☺

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