Instant Amla Recipes: Candy, Chutney With Indian Gooseberry

You already know about the benefits of amla, don't you? Of course, you are aware that Indian gooseberry is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Perhaps you are also aware that amla helps boost immunity. When winters come knocking, you are often under the weather. An amla candy can help you boost immunity. In fact, if you try to include amla in your winter diet, you can ward off illness when the weather changes. This entire page is about amla recipes for health - be it amla candy or sweet & tangy amla chutney. On top of it, these are instant amla recipes - you can call these one pot one shot.

We have been buying amla candies for quite some time. In fact, dad has always made sure his kids take amla candy, apple murabba, and similar desi stuff to keep our immune system strong. Dads are dads! They will go to any length to keep kids happy and healthy.

So dad's inspiration goes into this amla candy recipe and luckily, dad and mom are here, so I could offer these chatpata candies to them. Their reaction?

Well, mom is unwell- fighting her battle with a scary disease about which I have been raising awareness thus far. Her diagnosis did leave me dumbfounded and feeling helpless. But with God's grace, we are on the right track with her treatment and diet.

Mom simply smiled, for she hardly likes this kind of stuff. Dad was all praise for his daughter - he is surprised at what all his daughter keeps coming up with.

 Not to mention, he is already the biggest admirer of my healthy cookies. He often asks my bhabhi to learn simple cookie recipes from me so that when he goes back to Patiala, he can have homemade healthy biscuits.

So amla is a God's gift for cancer patients too, thanks to its abundance in antioxidants that help your body fight free radicals - which create a toxic environment within your body and support cancer cell growth.

Cutting the long story short, let's go to the  amla candy recipe:


Of course, the ingredients for sugarfree amla candy include amlas and jaggery. If you wish to add a chatpata twist to it, you need some black salt. That's it. So let's get started with our amla recipe for health:
11/2 cup- amla chopped (washed with warm water, deseeded, chopped, and patted dry)
1 1/2 cup- jaggery powder (equal amount of amla - if you want it sweeter, add more - my amla candies are subtly sweet with a chatpata twist
1 tbsp- jaggery powder for coating later
1 tsp- black salt for coating
3 tsp- water

How to make OPOS amla candy:
Dad did all the chopping for me.
Take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker.
Add amla pieces.
Top them with jaggery powder .
Add 3 tsp water
Cover with lid and weight (whislte).
Pressure cook for 13 whistles. I did not note the time. Sorry.
Release pressure and take out the candies on a tissue paper or kitchen towel.
Allow them to dry overnight.
Next day, keep the sugarfree amla candies in sunlight. For the last two days, we did not get to see the sun. So my amla candies had to be dried without sunlight. The candies may need 2-3 days to dry.
You may even make instant candies with amla in an airfryer or microwave.
Airfry candies for 10 mins first at 160 degrees and check if they are done.
Once done, take 1 tbsp of jaggery powder along with black salt. Mix both and then throw in the candies.
Coat evenly and your chatpata amla candies are done.

How to make Amla Chutney

Amla chutney is a new addition to my recipe book.Who does not like amla (Indian gooseberry)? Even if you do not like the tangy taste of amla, you ought to start eating the fruit for its amazing benefits.
instant amla chutney

I have always loved amlas or Indian gooseberry.

Dad would bring amla murabba during our childhood and make sure we had at least one every day. I loved my childhood. Who doesn't?

Yes, Indian gooseberry or amla benefits health in more ways than one. It is bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants.

It balances stomach acid, nourishes brain, enhances food absorption, fortifies liver, enhances fertility, supports the heart, improves skin health, strengthens lungs, helps elimination of free radicals, promotes hair health, eliminates toxin, strengthens eyes, and acts as a body coolant.

A powerful antioxidant agent, Indian gooseberry is rich in minerals and vitamins, such as B complex, iron, phosphorus, Calcium, and Carotene.

Here I have come up with no sugar amla chutney. I have tried this recipe on many occasions previously, but this time I have included green chilies. The inspiration to add green chilly came from Anita Chahal aunty's amla chutney.

Whether you love sweet amla chutney or a tangy one, the sweet, spicy, and tangy gooseberry chutney uses dates as a sweetener.

Tangy Amla Chutney Ingredients: Two instant chutney recipes with same ingredients

1 cup amla (deseeded/washed in warm water to remove impurities)
1 cup- dates (more or less depending on how sweet you want the chutney)
1/2 cup-water (+1/4 cup more to be added later if you want the chutney to be of a thin consistency)
black salt
coriander leaves 1/2 cup

OPOS Amla Chutney Instant

Take a 2-/3-liter pressure cooker.
Add water.
Make one pocket with amla pieces and another one with dates. If you want, you may add raisins as well.
Top both with coriander leaves.
Sprinkle salt on top, ensuring it does not touch the bottom.
Cover and pressure cook for 6 whistles.
Release pressure.
Open and blend all the ingredients well.
You may add more water for a thinner consistency now.
Blend and enjoy instant OPOS amla chutney as a side dish.
If you want it spicy, you may add green or red chilly, depending on your choice.

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Here's another instant amla chutney recipe:

1/2 kg - amla (or you may take 2 cups ground amla)
250 gm- Dates (khajur) (1 1/2 cup- ground dates -add more for a sweeter taste)
Black Salt (or normal table salt) as per taste (I added 1 tsp - you may add more or less)
1 tsp-oil
1/2 tsp- ajwain (carom seeds)
6 green chillies

Amla Chutney with dates Procedure

  1. Soak amla in boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until soft.
  2. Deseed them upon cooling.
  3. Grind the amla pieces and green chilly.
  4. Grind dates separately.
  5. Now heat oil in a pan.
  6. Add ajwain.
  7. Let it splutter.
  8. Throw in ground amla and dates.
  9. Add black salt and mix.
  10. Stir intermittently until everything looks done.
  11. Congratulations your healthy yummy no sugar amla chutney is ready to indulge in.

Here's another amla chutney recipe that is unique in taste.

During my recent visit to Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, I bought 3 kg amla (gooseberries). Then was the beginning of my search for amla recipes online and while searching came across Nisha Mudulika's raw amla chutney.

The recipe is super simple and tangy. I was wondering how it would taste, but the result was a tangy chutney.

Amla Benefits (Indian Gooseberry)

  1. Amla is loaded with Vitamin C. 
  2. It enhances food absorption, nourishes the brain, balances stomach acid, helps eliminate free radicals, supports urinary system, enhances skin health, removes toxins, and promotes healthier hair growth. 
  3. Indian gooseberry  helps improve nearsightedness and cataract. Its rich Vitamin A content helps vision-related conditions, reduce macular degeneration, and strengthen vision!
  4. Amla strengthens hair roots, enriches hair growth and pigmentation, and improves luster. Its antioxidant quality reduces hair loss by preventing free radicals that may otherwise damage hair follicles.
  5. It helps the body absorb calcium. So if you want strong bones and teeth, make amla a part of your diet. Look and feel great with Indian gooseberry.
  6. Gooseberry contains chromium that has a therapeutic value and helps diabetics' health. Chromium improves betablocker functioning, which help reduce LDL levels. Amla stimulates cells that secrete insulin, and reduce blood sugar levels. 
  7. Amla aids digestion, since it is high in fiber content. 

Amla Chutney With Coriander

raw gooseberry chutney
Tangy Amla Chutney Recipe Ingredients
Coriander leaves- a bunch
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Black salt- as per taste
Salt - little
Green chilly- 1 (you may add more)
Hing (asafoetida)- a pinch

  • Wash gooseberries in lukewarm water. I kept them for 15 minutes in hot water.
  • Slice amla into pieces. Discard the seed.
  • Put all ingredients in a grinder.
  • Adjust salt & sugar.
Your tangy amla chutney no sugar is ready. Enjoy with rice or roti.

You may be interested in amla pickle recipe. Follow the link and you will get instant amla achaar recipe shared by a dear friend.


  1. Dates and Amla combo sounds interesting. Would love to try out this chutney soon Ravneet. Thank you for this wonderful share

    1. Thank you Poonam. Amla dates chutney is a must try :)

  2. Thanks this post really opened my eyes. It is not only eye opening rather very beneficial for the people those who want to do something good in his life.
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