What makes falsa, the summer berry, special?
There is so much to this humble berry that goes unnoticed. From providing health benefits to nourishing the skin, falsa is full of surprises
Come summer and the sight of jamuns and all sorts of berries fill up fruit markets. And among them, the humble phalsa is the ubiquitous, summer favourite.
“Falsa is a cool fruit, and keeps the body cool from inside. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants,” says nutritionist Kavita Devgan.
In addition to its health benefits, falsa is good for the skin, too. “It rejuvenates the skin and helps tissues fight skin problems like acne or mosquito bites. Antioxidants in it help scavenge free radicals, giving the skin a clean look,” says dermatologist, Dr Deepali Bhardwaj.
“It can be mixed with sandalwood and lemon juice and applied as face pack,” she adds.
Falsas also work wonders for those suffering from oily skin and open pores during the summer. “It has an astringent effect and helps reduce oil, closing pores. It has also been used to treat eczema. The juice has a cooling effect on heat rash and even prickly heat,” says beauty expert Shahnaz Husain.
Moreover, the fruit has anti-fungal properties that “help control hair and scalp problems, including dandruff. It helps to restore the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin and scalp,” Husain adds.
FRUITY TREATS: SOME EASY FALSA RECIPES Falsa Sherbet:
Take 2-3 cupfuls of falsa and soak them in water for a few hours. Make a fine paste. In a pan, heat sugar and water to make a syrup. Add this sugar syrup and black salt to the falsa paste, and top it up with cold water. Garnish with mint leaves.
Recipe by Kavita Devgan
Falsa and oat muesli:
Make falsa juice with the seeds intact. Mix with hung yoghurt, toasted almonds, oats, maple syrup, and skimmed milk, and serve. Recipe by chef Nishant Choubey
French Toast with falsa compote:
Make compote with 1-1/3 cup falsa juice, 1 cup sliced apples, 1/2 cup each of raisins and sultanas, and 1 stick cinnamon. For the toast, whisk 4 eggs, 1 cup milk and 1tbsp maple syrup. Place 8 bread slices in a shallow dish in a single layer and pour egg mixture over the top, coating the bread. Cook toasts till brown. Serve warm with the compote. Recipe by chef Vaibhav Bhargava
Combine 210ml semiskimmed milk and 90ml water. Sift 112gm almond flour, add 100gm pureed falsa, and add 2 egg whites. Make pancake batter. Ladle it onto a hot pan and start making pancakes.
Falsas can be used to make a number of summer dishes