Amla murabba is an ayurvedic medicine and Indian recipe used for gastric problems and as a general health tonic. It is rich in Vitamin C and other essential nutrients and antioxidants. Amla and its several preparations are used in ayurvedic and herbal medicines for several centuries.
The fruit of the gooseberry tree, Amla is found in almost all parts of India. Since the taste is a bit sour, it is used for making murabba or sweetened preserve. 100 grams raw amla contains about 800% Vitamin C and very rich in Vitamin E. Amla murabba is also nutritious, but amla nutritional value can decrease if it is not prepared with a proper method. Amla murabba enhances immunity, sharpens mind and boosts energy level, so it is a great health tonic in Indian culture.
Amla Murabba Recipe (How to Make Amla Murabba)
You require following ingredient for making amla murabba.
|Fresh Amla (Indian Gooseberries)||1 Kg|
|Citric Acid||A few drops|
|Cardamom seeds crushed||1 tsp.|
|Saffron (KESAR)||A few strands|
|Almonds Blanched||15 to 20|
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 to 40 minutes
Method of making amla murabba
Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica), the staple of Indian cuisine is gaining ground owing to the health benefits. Following are some instructions for preparing it.
- Washing & Purifying
First, wash all amlas and make a hole in every amla by perforating them with a fork.
Take around 2 liter water, add alum to it and stir to dissolve alum in the water. Now, put amlas in alum water and soak them for 12 to 24 hours. Again, wash amlas with the same alum water, which was used for soaking them. This is a purification method used as per ayurvedic medicine. Some people do not use alum for washing and purification. They just wash amlas and follow next step.
- Boiling water with amlas
The second step involves boiling the water with amlas. Now, drop all amlas into boiling water and boil it for 10 to 20 minutes until amlas become tender and soft.
- Preparing sugar syrup
Take 1 liter water and 1 kg sugar. Mix them and boil the water with sugar until it attains one-thread consistency.
- Soaking boiled amlas in the sugar syrup
Soak boiled amlas in the sugar syrup and leave it for 24 to 48 hours. Now take out amlas from sugar syrup. Again, boil the sugar syrup to restore normal consistency. Now, add citric acid to syrup and strain it. Again, put amlas in syrup and keep for a day. Repeat this process for four consecutive days. On fourth day, add cardamom seeds, saffron’s strands and blanched almonds in sugar syrup. Then put amlas into sugar syrup and your amla murabba is ready to use. You should keep the amla murabba in an airtight container.
This method helps preserving amla murabba for a long time and the correct method of making amla murabba. Some people skip the steps in which amlas are repeatedly added into sugar syrup and syrup is boiled repeatedly. They just boil the amlas, put them into sugar syrup with two-string consistency, and mix all other ingredients. They also do not use alum for purification of amlas.
Medicinal Properties & Uses
- Cardiac Stimulant
- Brain Tonic and memory booster
- Liver tonic
Amla Murabba Benefits
Amla Murabba benefits are attributed to its high vitamin C content and its strong antioxidant actions. It is usually beneficial for heart, skin, hair and organs of digestive system. It reduces hyperacidity in the stomach and eases in burning sensation and epigastric pain. It provides relief from excess body heat and promotes optimum health with its major nutrients.
Amla murabba has similar benefits of amla powder and amla extract, but it tastes sweet and mostly used as general health tonic. It is also beneficial in general weakness and debility after chronic diseases. Here are a few key benefits of Amla Murabba:
- Regular intake of Amla Murabba provides the dose of vitamins to hair roots. It treats premature graying and keeps the hair shiny.
- It creates a protective shield around the body to prevent it from sun’s stroke and harmful UV rays.
- Amla murabba treats stress and cures insomnia.
- It is powerful anti oxidant that protects the body against free radicals and thus helps one keep cancer at bay.
- It energizes and rejuvenates one’s body.
- Amla murabba supplies the body with essential nutrients, phyto-nutrients, vitamins to aid weight loss.
- It helps to treat piles.
- Amla murabba is good for liver health. It protects the liver from liver toxin.
Acidity, Gastritis and Ulcer
Amla is rich in fiber content. Medical practitioners recommend amla for digestive purposes. It can treat gastritis and all other gastric disorders like ulcer, heartburn, acid reflux etc. It reduces acidity and gives relief from gastric troubles, which occur due to hyperacidity. In case of acidity, you should eat it on empty stomach in early morning every day for at least 3 months.
Amla murabba is traditional remedy for constipation. You can also use it for constipation in children. It is delicious and can help a lot in removing constipation. Drinking milk after eating amla murabba helps in curing chronic constipation.
Amla murabba corrects the digestive process in the stomach and provides support to the liver. Therefore, if you feel heaviness after meal and indigestion with acid reflux or heartburn, it can help you to getting rid of this. However, you should also note it only works when indigestion is associated with acidity and heartburn.
Amla murabba enhances and strengthens the immunity system of an individual. Amla has a strong anti-oxidant property due to the presence of vitamin C. It is also antibacterial and capable of fighting against recurrent infections such as common cold, fever, and upper respiratory tract infections.
However, amla murabba might not beneficial alone in osteoarthritis or inflammation of bones and joints, but it works well in internal organ inflammation. It includes diseases like pancreatitis and hepatitis. It reduces inflammation of pancreas and support appropriate liver functions.
High Cholesterol level & Heart diseases
Amla murabba is rich in Chromium, Zinc and Copper that are body’s essential components. Chromium, particularly, has the potential of managing cholesterol level of blood and it can lower the risk of heart diseases.
Amla murabba reduces bad cholesterol level of LDL through the inhibition of oxidation of thiobarbituric acid and TBA. It also reduces VLDL level and triglycerides level in the human body. However, high cholesterol might not be directly responsible for strokes and heart attacks, but the inflammation of blood vessels lead to the formation of cholesterol plaque.
Amla murabba works on alleviating inflammation of blood vessels and prevents formation of cholesterol plaque.
Amla murabba is rich in iron and fiber content and so it powerfully checks LDL oxidation, which is also known as Low Density Lipoprotein. LDL is responsible for the production of free radicals in the body that fastens aging process. Free radicals can also cause coronary artery disease. Apart from this, it prevents the accumulation of plaques in human artery or the deposit of atherosclerosis, which in turn protects heart. It also improves body resistance and makes the heart muscles strong.
Amla murabba is rich source of iron content, so it has capacity of enhancing hemoglobin level. Women with heavy menstrual bleeding can also use amla murabba to compensate the iron loss.
Amla murabba also helps reducing menstrual cramps and in girls. Women should consume amla murabba for at least three months to get rid of menstrual cramps permanently.
Blemishes, scars and acne marks
Amla murabba or gooseberry assists in making the skin look great. It removes blemishes, scars and acne marks. For reducing, blemishes, one has to take it for six months.
Improves skin glow and complexion
Since, amla murabba is an excellent source of Vitamin C, so it can improve the complexion significantly. It offers natural and youthful glow to the skin. Therefore, it is one of remedies used for glowing skin.
Amla acts as a natural exfoliator. Amla murabba has anti-astringent property that soothes the skin and treats wrinkles.
Amla murabba is also rich source of Vitamin A, C & E, so it reduces the aging process. Vitamin A produces collagen that makes the skin elastic and young. The best use of amla murabba is when it is consumed on empty stomach. It can also prevent collagen degradation. In this way, it keeps the skin tight, soft, supple and youthful.
Caution & Side Effects
Amla murabba is rich in Vitamin C and so consuming it may cause an overdose of Vitamin C causing serious ailments such as diarrhea, formation of kidney stones and a burning sensation while passing the urine. Most common side effects of amla murabba are pale stools, back pain and high blood pressure.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Amla murabba is POSSIBLY SAFE in food amount during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is a good health promoter, corrects the digestion, and improves appetite, so in India, it is used as tonic during pregnancy. It acts as a natural restorer and so it is termed as ‘the Elixir of life’. Amla murabba is the powerhouse of benefits. It gives strength to the pregnant woman and the fetus. Amla murabba supplies the dose of Vitamin C to the mother and the child.
However, you should be aware of chemical preservatives that might be used in amla murabba available in the market. They might have dangerous effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You should prepare amla murabba at home, if you are going to use it during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Taking amla murabba may increase the blood glucose level in diabetic patient. Therefore, we consider it as contraindicated in diabetes mellitus.
The chemical preservatives, that may present in market purchased amla murabba, has is dangerous effects even for an ordinary person.
There is no information yet available for its interaction with other medicines.