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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nellikka Achar | Gooseberry (Amla) Pickle

Nellikka Achar/Amla pickle is one of the pickles that mom used to prepare at home frequently.Amla is packed highly with vitamin C and is known to reduce blood sugar levels(read more here).I love the tangy flavors of this pickle but kids don't favor much to this taste.Love to have a bowl of khichdi or curd rice with this tempting pickle.The pics shown are taken on the day pickle was made but after a few days(a week or more) the pickle turned completely blended with spices and softened.Do give it a try if you crave for some,Enjoy !!!

amla ;fresh or frozen 12-15
mustard seeds 1tsp
ginger chopped 1 tbsp
garlic chopped 1 tbsp
vinegar 1/4 cup
chilly powder  4 tbsp
asafoetida/hing 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
fenugreek powder(uluva podi) 1/4 tsp 
curry leaves few
salt to taste
sesame(gingelly) oil 4-5 tbsp


  • Wash and steam the amla(gooseberry) in a steamer until soft.Frozen ones once thawed take less time to cook whereas fresh ones take longer.Let it cool,then cut in slices and remove pits(seed).Keep aside.(don't discard the steamed water)
  • Heat oil in a pan(non reactive preferably) and splutter mustard seeds.Add in curry leaves,saute ginger and garlic chopped until raw smell disappears.
  • Add in the spice powders and saute about a minute,add in the cut nellikka(amla).Toss well.Add half the reserved water and salt.Add more water if you want the consistency slightly watery.
  • Let it cook a minute or thickened.Add the vinegar.Switch off flame.
  • Cool completely before storing in bottles.

Servings ~ a small bottle

* You can omit adding the water if you wish a dry amla pickle.
* You should use clean,dry bottles to store pickles.Always cover the lid tightly and always use clean dry spoon to scoop out pickle.Else,there are chances of fungus.
* You can use this pickle the same day onwards but it always softens up as you store longer.

Read more pickle recipes,here.


Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

tempting too much.. Love it

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav pickle.. I can finish entire bottles in couple days

Shibi Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips

I wonder where can you find the Amla here (US) Julie? The pickle looks delicious. I would like to apply the Amla on hair instead of eating them hehe..

Priyas Feast said... Best Blogger Tips

Inviting Achar..I never tried this home.

Suchi Sm said... Best Blogger Tips

My mim prepare d same method Julie, thanks for sharing and lovely clicks..

Arjunan Akilandeswari said... Best Blogger Tips

Very tempting pickle

nandoos Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

nellikka achar super! love to have it with some curd rice.

Amrita Roy said... Best Blogger Tips

Tangy pickle enriched with the goodness of amla

Preetha Soumyan said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. looks very yummy.. to cook and taste.....

Gloria said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm drooling looking at this tempting pickle

Malli Das said... Best Blogger Tips

So mouth watering and brings back nostalgic memories. Thayirshaadam!!

Shella said... Best Blogger Tips

Nellika achaar with hot chor. Nothing else is pleasure.

beena stephen said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouth watering pickle

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

Love nellikka pickle.. Looks so yumm..