Nellikaai Pachadi

Nellikaai is a tamil / kannada word for Indian Gooseberry. This is very rich in Protein. It is widely used in India in Ayurvedic Medicines, Hair Treatments and also house remedies. These are avalialbe mostly in the winter season. We use this to make dishes on the day of a festival called. Tulsi Puja.

My mother makes powder of this and stores it in normal temp / refrigerator.The method of making the powder is to remove the seed. Cut it into small pieces and dry it in the sun.When it is dried thoroughly it can be grinded to make it into powder OR the dried pieces can be stored too.This powder can be used in dishes to give it a tangy tast. These are also used to make pickles. This is a very tedious process but I love Nellikaai Pickle.



(Dried Gooseberry/Nellikaai)
Ingredients - Nellikaai + Pachadi
  • Indian Gooseberry (Bettada Nellikaai / Amla) - 5 to 6
  • Coconut, grated - 4 tsp
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Salt to taste
  • Curds - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tsp
For Tempering
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi / Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing - 1/2 tsp
Method
  • Pressure cook the gooseberries / Nellikaai, cool and remove the seeds
  • Grind the boiled nellikaai, and other ingredients except curd. Make a chutney
  • Heat oil in a small pan & add mustard seeds, methi / fenugreek seeds and hing till they splutter and pour it into the chutney
  • Mix curds with chutney
  • Serve with hot plain rice.


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22 comments

Priya said...

I love nellikaai too vanamala..mouthwatering pachadi...looks simply superb..

anudivya said...

Very nice, we don't get fresh nellikai, so might have to hunt for the frozen ones, wonder how that would work though...

Divya Vikram said...

Nellikai has many health benefits..looks tangy n tasty.

meeso said...

Looks good, wish I could taste it!

LG said...

Pachadi sakkath tempting aagi ide ri! ee sarthi nellikayi tandaaga maadthini :)

AnuSriram said...

That looks beautiful... My mom used to make it for functions.. I really like them very much... I have something for u in my blog.. Pls check it!

Sunshinemom said...

I can imagine the taste! Goes so well with molagootal!

Madhu said...

Hi Mala,
Um...i can taste nellikai...Like the way u made it.

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Now I guess I should go gooseberry hunting this looks so much simple and easy to make...

vidhas said...

Delicious pachadi. It has medicinal value too. Come and collect your award in my blog.

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Something new to me. Looks yummy. Nice to know that you are from Mysore. Iam from Bangalore.

Anonymous said...

romba nice.....i also prepared for tulasi pandige...
Nice Vanamala...
Mangala

Red Chillies said...

Nellikai is my favorite and I used to love it during the Tulsi pooja. I love this recipe, try madttine!

Laavanya said...

I've not had nellikai this way.. sounds delicious.

Vanamala said...

Thank you so much :)

Cynthia said...

Is this tangy?

sowmya said...

the picture is so tempting and I can imagine the taste..am drooling here..

DEESHA said...

my husbands grandmother makes this N it tastes soo yumm .. I love nellikai pachadi

vidhas said...

Mouthwatering recipe. Vitamin c Recipe

Pavithra Kodical said...

Hi i love nallikaai..I dont if i could find one in our market..Navu school hogovaga thintha edhve..