Panaka is the gooseberry drink included in the traditional recipe published by the ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) .
Boil half a Kg of Amla and remove the seeds from the boiled berries. Mash the softened amla into a pulp in a mixer. Add some water if required and squeeze the juice out in a cloth.
This is actually a slightly difficult process and an idea struck me. Why not make a halva with the residue which retains some of the juice.
Add liberal quality of palm jaggery (sugar if required) half teaspoon each of ginger and cardamom powder to the juice. I added a few mashed dates and brought the contents to boil in a vessel.
Added honey when cold and mix well before pouring into a bottle.
According to AYUSH, the health benefits are:
It can be used as a healthy soft drink as it acts as immediate energy supplement. It is rich source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, B complex and antioxidants. It is good for osteoarthritis, athero-scelrosis, anemia, peptic ulcer, urinary tract infection, dysentery and high blood pressure.
Amla Halva. My own recipe.
Heat ghee in a hard bottom vessel and add the amla residue. Mix well. Add palm jaggery according to the sweetness required. Add half teaspoon each of ginger and cardamom powder. Add some mashed dates and mix the contents over medium heat into a Halva consistency.
Spread on a plate or similar surface and allow to cool down. Cut into small pieces and enjoy this uniquely tasty Halva.