Amla / Nellikka Achar

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Amla in Hindi, Gooseberry in English and Nellikka in Malayalam and Tamil are one and the same.  The gooseberries have a lot of nutrition in them.

Ingredients needed for Nellikka Achar:

  1. Amla / Nellikka- 10 Nos (brined Gooseberries *)
  2. Chilly powder- 3 table spoon
  3. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  4. Asafoetida powder-1/2 tsp
  5. Fenugreek roasted and powdered-1/2 tsp
  6. til / Gingelly Oil -1/2 cup
  7. To temper
    Mustard seeds – as required
    Salt – as required
    Curry leaves – a little
  • Preparation
    * To Brine  Boil  2-3 cups of water and take  add 2-3 table spoon of salt on cooling add the gooseberry and keep it for 2 -3 days. We need not boil as it becomes soft. By brining it will absorb salt as well as remain crispy.
  • Slice the gooseberry and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan add oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves on sputtering add the chili powder, asafetida powder, fenugreek powder and mix well on a low flame. Add the sliced Amla/nellikka to it and add little water from the brine. Add salt if required off the stove and let it cool
  • Store in a glass jar and use it after 2-3 days.

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