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.

How to Dry Amla at Home in Sun

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.
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47 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    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.

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 11, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    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…..

  3. Anonymous
    January 2, 2015 / 11:06 am

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

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    January 2, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Thank you and wish you the same…:)

  5. S Suresh
    January 21, 2015 / 8:38 am

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

  6. Anonymous
    January 31, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    please tell how to use oven to dry amala

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 1, 2015 / 5:27 pm

      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…

  7. Anonymous
    January 31, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 1, 2015 / 5:30 pm

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

    • anu goyal
      February 26, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      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.

  8. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    February 28, 2015 / 2:13 am

    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….

    • anu goyal
      March 1, 2015 / 2:14 pm

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

  9. nalayini
    June 22, 2015 / 7:52 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 27, 2015 / 4:55 am

      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….

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2015 / 5:45 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 30, 2015 / 4:52 pm

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

  10. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 / 11:19 am

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 4, 2015 / 5:45 am

      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…:)

  11. Anonymous
    September 15, 2015 / 6:08 am

    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?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 21, 2015 / 4:26 am

      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…

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2015 / 5:29 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 19, 2015 / 5:03 am

      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…

  12. Anonymous
    September 18, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    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. ☺

  13. Aman Kaur
    September 28, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      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..

  14. Anonymous
    November 20, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    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.

  15. jaspreet singh
    November 26, 2015 / 6:52 am

    great method it's working fine mam 🙂 new year 2016

  16. Unknown
    December 17, 2015 / 12:42 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 12:32 am

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

  17. Lokendra rajpoot
    December 21, 2015 / 4:48 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 3:12 am

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

  18. rittu bhansali
    February 2, 2016 / 6:03 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 5, 2016 / 3:37 pm

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

  19. Anonymous
    February 6, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    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.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 12, 2016 / 2:51 am

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

  20. Muhammad Umair
    April 9, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    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…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 29, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      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….

  21. sarika
    August 22, 2016 / 7:23 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 23, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      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…

  22. Anonymous
    November 17, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    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?rgdsMohaan

  23. vani pavan
    November 21, 2016 / 4:22 pm

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

  24. Anonymous
    December 15, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Just a suggestion to all those drying amlas -to help in removing the seeds, microwave the amlas for a couple of minutes. The segments then easily open up and the seed can be removed. Also when the sun goes down, I put the thali in the fridge. This way there will be no fungus.

  25. Anonymous
    December 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

    An additional comment -I don't use any salt or sugar being a BP patient. They dry just fine and taste natural.

  26. Harika Singireddy
    January 10, 2017 / 6:58 am

    i tried drying amla in shade but today i saw fungus on them…can i use this for external use like hair…or shall i throw them….

  27. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Any possiblity make dried amla to powder then mix with 1 Spoon with honey to eat

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