A daily dose of healthy nutrients through natural means in the bowl
Gooseberry aka Amla in India is one of the easiest and most readily available sources of Vitamin C. And one of the best ways of consuming it is the Muraba, a sweet jelly texture of Amla. But the one variation of consuming it, which is quite unique and unknown, is mixing the Amla with rice. Yes, heard that right! Coming from the ghettoes of Karnataka, much on the lines of Lemon Rice aka Chitranna Gojju, Amla Rice is a deliciously massive source of necessary vitamins and carbohydrates. The Amla mixture that is prepared with coconut and chillies can be easily stored for up to two weeks and used as per discretion. So give it a try and see the faces light up with every bite.
A Berry With Ultimate Health Benefits Produced Over Centuries
Though they are commonly used in India for various health purposes, it is to be noted that gooseberry is an indigenous crop to many parts of Europe and western Asia. It grows naturally in alpine thickets and rocky woods from France eastward and up to the Himalayas and peninsular India. The first ever recorded evidence of gooseberry cultivation was in England in the 13th century. But they were not that famous and widely grown until the early 1500s.
This fruit gets its name from the Old Norman English word groses or grosier, which means grosielle, the French for redcurrant. These words come from the Frankish root krûsil which means crisp berry. As for its usage in India, Gooseberries have been a part of Ayurvedic medicines for over thousands of years.