Indian Gooseberry which is also known as Amla (hindi ) or nellikai (Tamil/malayalam) is a very healthy fruit rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. It is a very popular fruit in India due to it’s medicinal values and health benefits . It is also consumed in various ways suck as pickles , curries , rice varieties or as sweets .
Achar in malayalam literally means pickle. Indian pickles are always very very flavourful whether they are sweet or spicy . The pickle recipe which I am presenting to you all is a spicy one and it is served as a side dish with rice and other curries . It can be made one week ahead of vishu/onam and it will be a very flavourful addition to the vishu repertoire. The pickle is generally made in gingelly oil , but I used dark sesame oil because I like the flavour of it . As usual for all the pickles the more oil the merrier the pickle would be to enjoy . Since I used frozen amla ,I thawed it well and boiled it in 2 tablespoons of water till the water was evaporated . If you are using fresh gooseberry then you need to steam it like normal vegetables for atleast 10 to 12 minutes
- Indian Gooseberry- 1 cup
- Mustard Seeds- 1/2 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp
- Ginger - 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
- Red Chilly Powder- 1 tsp
- Asafoetida- a pinch
- Coconut oil- 3 tbsp
- Curry leaves- 1 sprig
- Salt - as needed
- 1. Slightly boil thawed gooseberry with 2 tablespoon of water if you are using frozen . If you are using fresh use vegetable steamer and steam it for minimum 10 to 12 minutes . I have used frozen amla in my recipe
- 2. Heat a pan add 3 tablespoons of oil and mustard seeds to crackle . To this add fenugreek seeds too
- 3. To this add chopped ginger and garlic . Saute till it is slightly brown
- 4. Add all the masala powders including asafoetida also .
- 5. Add cooked gooseberry to it with 2 tablespoons of water, salt and curry leaves .
- 6. Let the gooseberries cook till the water evaporates and turns like this .
- 7. Finish with more sesame oil and vinegar. I used rice vinegar here . This pickle can be stored upto a week in the fridge and 2 to 3 weeks in freezer.