This Amla Juice is vibrant and refreshing with immune boosting properties. In this post I share how to make Amla Juice and Amla Shots easily at home with fresh berries. Though you can make the juice using amla powder and dried/dehydrated amlas, using fresh berries is the best for nutrition.
Amla berries are a unique tree fruit found in various parts of Asia. Also called the Indian gooseberry, Amla berries start as beautiful yellow-green flowers before turning into round, golf-ball sized fruits.
Their sour taste has not stopped people from consuming them in so many different ways.
While the fruit, leaves, and seeds of the amla berry tree are all used in traditional medicine, the amla berries themselves are the more common star of the show.
One of the most delicious ways to eat them? Homemade amla berry juice blends.
While amla berries have been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for at least 1,000 years, they do carry some scientifically proven health benefits. For example, amla berries are rich in Vitamin C, an important antioxidant and vitamin that humans can’t produce on their own.
Vitamin C is a necessary part of immune function, collagen generation, and neurotransmitter production. Ongoing research is also looking into how Vitamin C might be able to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer.
Amla berries also carry lots of Vitamin A, a vitamin important for eye health, and Vitamin E, a compound with antioxidant properties that’s necessary for cellular signaling and immune function.
Iron (which is used to make hemoglobin to help your red blood cells carry oxygen) and calcium (which builds and maintains bones and supports heart, muscle, and nerve function) abound in amla berries.
They are also high in fiber that can help improve digestive health and reduce blood sugar spikes.
Amla berries clearly have lots of health benefits and are worth consuming. But how do you use them?
How to Use Amla
People around the world use amla berries in all different kinds of ways. In India and Thailand, amla berry extract is used to promote hair growth.
Some people use powdered amla berries and add it to smoothies, water, or other drinks, or sprinkle it over fruits and other foods for an extra nutritional and flavorful kick.
Of course, amla berries can also be consumed just like any other fruit! You can dry them as a snack, boil or pickle them in spices to use as a condiment.
Turn them into chutneys, murabba, jams, or jellies for long term storage. Juice them for easy drinking or eat them in a fruit salad or raw with a touch of Himalayan pink salt to bring out some sweetness.
In Indian Cuisine we make Amla pickle, Amla rice, Amla chutney and murabba (preserve).
No matter how you use amla berries, they can be a delicious part of your daily diet.
About the Recipe
Eating raw amla directly is not easier for a lot of people because of various reasons. Some can’t digest the high fiber, while a lot of people feel the berries sharpen the tooth a lot and many others don’t simply like due to the extreme sour taste. So Amla Juice and Shots are the solution!
This recipe is a simple one for amla juice & shots. It includes fresh amla berries, honey for sweetness, black pepper for spice, and a pinch of Himalayan salt (optional) to round out all the flavors. Various ingredients like mint leaves, tulsi leaves (holy basil) and ginger can be used depending on the nature of body & the purpose.
When making amla juice, make sure you use good, ripe berries. Make sure the amla berries are firm and round, with a bright yellowish green hue.
If the berries are misshapen or bright green, they might be underripe and taste too sharp to consume. Avoid amla berries with bruises as they are prone to mold and might be rotting inside.
How to Make Amla Juice (Stepwise Photos)
I show how to make amla shots and juice both.
1. One serving of amla is 1 to 3, depending on the health conditions. I use 3 medium sized amlas per serving. Rinse your amlas under running water and add them to a bowl of salted water. Soak for 5 mins and scrub them gently with a vegetable brush to get rid of dirt and deposits, if any. Slice the amla to 3 portions first.
2. Then later cut the center portion to 3. This helps you get rid of the stone/seed easily in the amlas.
3. Chop and add them to a grinder/small blender jar. To make 2 servings, I use 6 amlas and it makes up to 3/4 to 1 cup of chopped pieces. If you want you may add ¼ to ½ inch peeled ginger.
4. Here I’m grinding them to make a amla shot so I don’t add any water here. Grind it as smooth as possible.
5. Strain it to a cup, press down with a spoon to extract most of the juice from the amla. If you want you may grind it again, this time with a few tbsps of water. But I don’t do this and instead use the same pulp to make a herbal tea later.
Make Amla Shots
6. Six amlas yield about half cup of amla juice. Stir in honey if you want. You can also add a little crushed black pepper.
Pour it to your shot glasses and consume immediately. Make sure you stir the honey well as it settles at the bottom.
Make Amla Juice
Here is how to make the juice. You can use any liquid to make the amla juice. Plain water, coconut water or any fruit or fruit juice is just okay to use. I prefer to use tender coconut instead of plain water. You can use what you have in hand.
Add the chopped amla (6 amlas). ginger (¼ to ½ inch peeled) and a little liquid to the grinder. Grind until smooth.
Strain this to your pitcher, pressing down with a spoon and add more liquid. I do not add any sweetener or salt to this. But if you want you may add chaat masala, salt, jaggery or honey to suit your taste.
Consume amla juice immediately. It can be stored for up to 2 days in the refrigerator but it should be noted that there is will oxidization and loss of nutrients.
Amla Juice Recipe (Gooseberry Juice)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 5 to 6 (¾ to 1 cup) amla (Indian gooseberry, chopped)
- 1½ cups liquid (water or tender coconut water or any juice)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper crushed
- ¼ to ½ inch ginger (peeled)
- 1 tablespoon honey (or jaggery, optional)
- 1 pinch pink salt (optional)
- 15 to 20 mint leaves (helps with digestion)
- 12 to 15 holy basil (Tulsi, helps with cold, cough etc)
- ¼ teaspoon chaat masala (optional)
How to Make Amla Juice
- Rinse amla well under running water. Soak them in a bowl of salted water for 5 to 10 mins and scrub them with a soft vegetable brush to get rid of any dirt and deposits.
- Rinse well again and chop them to pieces. Add them to a grinder/blender jar with little liquid of choice (water/ coconut water/juice) & ginger, mint, tulsi if using.
- Grind to a smooth paste. Strain/filter this to a pitcher, pressing down with a spoon and pour the rest of the liquid. Stir in pepper, honey, salt or chaat masala as per your choice. Serve immediately.
- To make Shots: You will just grind only the amla and ginger (optional) without any liquid. The mixture will look slightly dry but will release all of the juices as you grind.
Juicing Gooseberries in a slow juicer
- Run your slow juicer and add up to 3 Indian gooseberries (deseeded) per serving to your juicer chute. You can also add ginger or any other fruit of choice like watermelon, apple or Asian pears.
- Nutritional values are calculated only for 2 ingredients – amla & black pepper.
- You can also stir in the amla juice in your Chaas/ Indian buttermilk.
- In the past I would use Manuka honey but now noticed any kind of honey works good.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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Amla Juice Recipe first published in October 2012. Updated and republished in June 2013.
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