Indian Gooseberry/Amla/Nellikka is a good natural source of Vitamin C and is a very powerful antioxidant. It has carbohydrate, protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins including iron, calcium, carotene phosphorus and B complex.
Most of us are aware of the richness of this fruit. But sad part is, this is not part of most of our daily life. I tried making wine out of gooseberry couple of times. It comes out well, but I cannot give this to my daughter as it has slightly more alcoholic content than arishtam. 🙂
Sugar is used in normal wine, but jaggery in Arishtam. And there will not be any additional ingredients like yeast, wheat or strawberries for fermentation in Arishtam.
Nellikka Arishtam (Gooseberry special wine)
- Nellikka/Indian Gooseberry/Amla : 2 kg
- Jaggery : 2 kg
- Raisin (black) 100g
- Cloves : 4 numbers
- Cardamom : 4 Numbers
- Cinnamon 1/2 piece (as shown in figure)
- Black pepper : 1 teaspoon
- water: 6 cups
Take cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and pepper and make fine powder in a mixer grinder.
Use mixer grinder (or Mortar and Pestle) and crush jaggery and keep it aside.
If your gooseberries are not organic, soak it in water, salt and pinch of turmeric powder for 2-3hrs, which helps to reduce the effect of pesticides and chemicals used in the farm. This method can be applied for most of the vegetables and fruits which we use regularly. Wash gooseberries and dry off by spreading it on a cloth for some time. Make gooseberries, jaggeries, raisins and the powder from step1 to 3 portions each, for layering
In a porcelain or glass airtight Jar (do not use steel or plastic containers) add one layer of gooseberries. On top of this add one portion of crushed jaggeries, powder and raisins. Repeat this till all the ingredients are finished. Add water at the end. Cover the lid.
Next day, open the jar and stir well using a wooden spatula and cover the lid. Continue this for 2 more days.
After 3 days, this airtight container should be stored in a dark place.
After 3 months open the jar and strain the mix to get the liquid. Do not squeeze the gooseberries. The gooseberry extract (Nellikka Arishtam) will be black in colour. And the taste will be almost like normal ayurvedic arishtam. This Arishtam can be stored for years. The arishtam is best for kids. For young kids (more than 6 months) 1-2 teaspoon and for adults 20ml can be served.
This is the best homemade tonic for improving immunity and general heath and can be served for all. It is highly recommended for young children.
Try it out and lead a healthy life 😉