What is Amchur? – Health Benefits of Amchur or Mango Powder
Amchur, or just mango powder, is a spice made from green, unripe mangos, which are sliced, sun-dried and ground into a fine powder. The powder is done to preserve the acidic, tart, and slightly spicy flavour of unripe mangos for use in curries and other dishes.
Procedure of making Amchur:
The unripe fruits are peeled and the flesh cut into thin slices. The slices are then dried in the sun and packed for sale. Amchur is also marketed in the form of powder by crushing or powdering the dried raw mango slices. Sometimes slices are seasoned with powdered turmeric and then sun dried in order to avoid insect, pest attacks during preparation and storage.
Culinary Uses of Amchur:
Amchur is used as an acid flavouring in curries, soups, chutneys, marinades and as a condiment. The dried slices add piquancy to curries and the powder acts as a souring agent akin to tamarind. It is particularly useful as an ingredient in marinades, having the same tenderizing qualities as lemon or lime juice. Chicken and fish dishes are enhanced by Amchur.
Health Benefits of Amchur or Mango Powder:
- Mango is a rich source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments.
- Mangoes contain phenols, phenolic compound have powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.
- Mango is high in iron, and people with anaemia are advised to take mango in form of powder or fruit regularly.
- Mango is high in antioxidant and low in carbohydrates.
- Mango is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.
- It is also valuable to combat acidity and poor digestion.