Miracle-Cure Mondays: Ayurvedic Chyawanprash Spread

Usually, food products containing 80 unfamiliar ingredients are not those we consider to be healthy. (Take, for example, the Twinkie, which contains a measly 37 ingredients.)

With Indian Chyawanprash spread, however, this is not the case.

Chyawanprash jam

Tiger’s Claw, Liquorice, and Bamboo, Oh My!

Chyawanprash is a popular nutritional jam in India composed of dozens of ingredients, which are believed, in the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, to boost immunity, prevent disease, and aid digestion. The primary ingredient in Chyawanprash is Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, a fruit that is simultaneously sweet, sour, astringent, bitter, and pungent. Thus, Chyawanprash is considered to be a balancing supplement

It also contains sugar and honey, spices like cardamom and cinnamon, and obscure plants such as crab’s claw and spreading hogweed. The flavor is sweet, herbal, and spicy. The instructions advise spreading a teaspoon on bread or eating it plain.

Chyawanprash spread close-up

Sinister antioxidants

If you are not a fan of the taste and texture, you can also try dissolving the spread in hot water to make a kind of tea. I have never tried this, but I think it would taste better as a beverage. 

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2 Responses to Miracle-Cure Mondays: Ayurvedic Chyawanprash Spread

  1. veggiezest says:

    WOW! You tried Chyawanprash?? Bravo! I hate that stuff – it is such a big thing in some families in India…specially in winters. I lot of people mix a teaspoon of this in warm milk and drink it in the mornings. Although I’ve never seen or heard anybody eating it like a spread.


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