Amla Soup (Avale Saaru)

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Amla is Nellikayi, Goosbery and Avalo (in konkani). Medicinal qualities, pickling ingredient, hair oil, its everywhere. Today I would like to put up “Amla Saaru”, something that is typically used as a soup for patients recovering from the common stomach upsets and fever. I tried this when I was recovering and it worked for me ! Here it is.

What you need to have:

1. Salted Amla – 2-3

2. Green chillies – 3-4

3. Garlic pods – 8-10

4. Red chilli pieces – a few

5. Tamarind – a little or bilimbi

6. Cooking oil – 3-4 teaspoons

Fresh Amla

What you do with what you have:

1. Buy fresh amla from the supermarket and put it in a bottle with 4-5 spoons of salt and enough water. One can observe the next day and add water if the water level is just below the amla.  After 5-6 months it will be as below absorbing salt, swollen and the change in colour as well. ( this is how salted amla is made, here you are using already available salted amla)

Amla soaked in salt water

Ingredients of Amla Saaru

2. Remove the seeds of the salted amla and mix it in the blender to a fine consistency.

Salted Amla pulp

3. Transfer the ground pulp to a bowl and required quantity of water to bring it to the required consistency. Add slit green chillies, bilimbi and a little tamarind and bring it to boil on a medium flame. There is no need to add extra salt since amla is salted.

Amla pulp being boiled adding the required quantity of water and other ingredients

4. Place a spatula with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil on the flame. Add chopped garlic to it and fry it till light brown. When half done add broken red chillis and later on add turmeric powder to it.

Seasoning in progress

5. Add this seasoning to the Amla liquid from step 4 to it.  Serve hot with rice and enjoy. I know those who season this with mustard, asafoetida, red chilly and curry leaves as well. Also those who love the aroma will enjoy garlic seasoning.

Ready to serve Amla Saru

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 3-4 people


9 thoughts on “Amla Soup (Avale Saaru)

    Hari Chandana said:
    June 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I too make this recipe.. saaru looks soo tempting and pefect… gr8 job dear .. 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Hari,

      Thanx a lot for your expert comments.

    Neethu said:
    June 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm


    Very tasty and healthy soup. Thanks for the recipe..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 13, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Hi Neethu,

      Thanx for your comments. Do try out the same and send me the feed back.

    Apu said:
    June 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

    This has got to be wonderfully nutritious!!

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Hi Apu,

    It is soothing and in a way good for a change as well since having dal etc., daily could be avoided.

    szar said:
    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    i wanted to find a way to have lots of amla.. and this looks perfect!
    however, that salted amla seems too cumbersome and cant wait 5 months!
    so i am going to try to grate some amla into a “rasam” type of soup.
    so just a rasam with amla grated into it…

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 14, 2010 at 7:28 am


      Tha Amla season has sarted of now and is the right time to make them, so that u can make use of it any time whenever u need 2. Raw amla will not be that tasty.

      Kulshrestha said:
      October 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      NYC job

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