23 March 2013

Chavanprash Jam

Chavanprash jam is a sweet and smoky jam made from the amalaki fruit.
I like it as a tonic taken first thing in the morning, or with a dish of spiced rice and curry, served on the side.  Here is the blurb from Banyan Botanicals: "Chyavanprash is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal jam made in a base of amalaki fruit, a rich source of antioxidants. An excellent rejuvenative, it nourishes and strengthens the body, providing energy and vitality. Prepared with all-natural ingredients, Banyan Botanicals' Chyavanprash is specially formulated in India, where our manufacturer has produced authentic Ayurvedic jams for over 50 years. A tonic for both young and old, Chyavanprash promotes digestion and metabolism while supporting the body’s natural defenses."  


I normally don't plug products so blatantly, but it is hard to make this yourself, as the amalaki fruit, or Indian gooseberry, is difficult to procure here in America.  But maybe you are reading this from another country, or from India itself and you have many different uses of this fruit.  I believe it is similar to the goji berries from the highlands of China, which we can only get in dried form here in the states.

Either way, I can get chavyanprash jam here in Austin at the local People's Pharmacy.  There are many different spellings for the concotion, and varied ingredients.
Check out the wikipedia page on Chawanprash:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyawanprash

One teaspoon full per day and you'll be floating in full lotus position six inches off the floor in no time.  

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