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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Awala Supari / Indian Gooseberry Mouth Freshener

Awala Supari is the Sundried Indian Gooseberry. Indian Gooseberry or Awala are a rich source of Vitamin C , antioxidants and polyphenols and hence they improve immunity and can keep a number of diseases at bay.

Awala / Amla  are seasonal fruits and available in abundance in winters. Awala Supari makes sure we have them through out the year as it is long lasting . They are best to conclude a meal , as it helps in digestion and serves as a good mouth freshener. It is also best remedy for nausea and travel sickness. 

This is my Mom's easy to follow recipe. The clean Awala is added to boiling water and cooked for few minutes. On cooling , the seed is separated and the awala are cut into small pieces. Roasted and powdered Fennel seeds and Carom seeds along with Rock salt and Black salt are applied to the cut pieces and then dried in ample of Sunlight for 3-4 days and a tasty and digestive Mouth freshener is ready !!

  • 1/2 kg Indian Gooseberry ( Awala)
  • 2-3 tbsp of Fennel Seeds ( Saunf)
  • 2-3 tbsp of Carom Seeds ( Ajwain )
  • 2 tbsp of Rock Salt ( Sendha Namak)
  • 2 tbsp of Black Salt ( Kala Namak)
  1. Wash the Awala thoroughly. In a large vessel bring 4-5 cups of water to boil. Add the awala to this boiling water and cover cook for about 10-15 minutes on low to medium heat. Put off the flame and allow the awala to sit in the water for another 10 minutes. Drain the water and allow the Awala to cool down completely. Remove the seeds and chop the awala to medium chunks using a knife.

  2.  On a heated skillet , dry roast the Fennel seeds and Carom seeds on low flame until fragrant. Let them cool and then grind it to powder in a grinder.

  3.  Add this powdered Carom and Fennel seed powder , Black salt and Rock salt to the Awala pieces and mix well. 

  4. Keep this awala pieces in ample of Sun light for 4-5 days. Once they are completely dry, transfer them to air tight container and use as per need.

 Hope you would love to try out this simple recipe for yourself. Do not forget to give your valuable feed back.

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  1. I made this today! How to sun dry it? Can i use cling wrap?

    1. Glad to know that you tried the recipe Isha. Keep the awala pieces in shallow plates or on plastic sheet and directly sundry it for 4-5 days. No need of cling wrap.

  2. it looking nice, i really enjoyed the process of making mouth freshener, i really like eats Indian mouth freshener after meal.
    Thanks for your post .

    1. Hello fazal Ahmad
      Thanks for the feed back.

  3. Hi, Poonam! I was looking for ways to use my kala namak other than for vegan scrambled eggs. Your gooseberry mouth freshener is excellent. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jennifer ,
      I am glad you like this post. Thanks for the lovely feedback