Sunday, 23 September 2007

Amla Pickle

Thanks to all of you who dropped in your concerns. I was really overwhelmed with happiness when I read the comments expressing your concerns. It really makes a lot of difference when you know there is someone to check on you especially when you are ill. Thank you so much.

My apologies for the late (I know it is very late) reply. I am having a tough time balancing things. I couldn't do any better. Hope you all understand.

Lets go to the Recipe.

Amla Pickle or in other terms Indian Gooseberry pickle.
In tamil we call it Nellikkaai.

Amla is very rich in Vitamin C and it is considered to have more vitamin content when compared to Apple (1 Amla = 2 Apples)

Amla always reminds me of my grandma's home. There used to be a Amla tree behind my grandma's home and Yes.. fresh fruits to us !!!.
My mom's amla pickle is a simple but a tasty one.

I always prefer to prepare pickle in small quantity for two reasons.
1)Need not have to add more preservatives (or more oil) if consumed within short period.
2. Gives me a chance to make another variety of pickle.

Amla - 15
Mustard Seeds - 2 Tsps
Fenugreek - 1/4 Tsp
Curry Leaves - Few
Red chilli powder - 2 Tsps
Salt - As Required
Oil - 1 Small cup
Turmeric - 1/4 Tsp

  1. Wash amla and wipe with a paper towel.
  2. Cut into small pieces along the mark.
  3. Dry fry Mustard seeds, Curry leaves and Fenugreek. Grind them into coarse powder.
  4. Heat oil in a pan (I generally add less oil. If you look at the picture you could see oil until just half the portion. I give it a shake once in two days so that the oil spreads evenly).
  5. Add turmeric powder. Add the cut amla pieces.
  6. Allow it to cook in the oil.
  7. Once it is cooked (should not take more than 5 mins if the oil is hot), add chilli powder, salt and the coarse powder. Mix well.
  8. Switch of the stove. Allow it to cool. Transfer it to an air-tight container (do not pack it tightly).
  9. Hot pickle is ready!
Nutritional Facts:
[Source Wiki]
  • Amla fruit is a rasayana tonic that promotes longevity, and is especially good for the heart.
  • It strengthen the lungs, helping to fight chronic lung problems as well as upper respiratory infections.
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Apart from this it also contains tannins; a reason why even dried form retains most of the vitamin content.
I am sending this to WTSIM... savoury preserve hosted by The Passionate Cook.Thanks to Suganya for the suggestion.

Sorry Prema, I could not make it for the Think Spice ..Think Mustard. (crossed the deadline) event.


TBC said...

Hey Seec, it's good to have you back:-)Blog only when you can. Take care.
BTW, nice pickle.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi seec....Its been a long time since u posted.....The Amla pickle sure looks yummmm....:-)
Rich in Vitamin C,its good for health too :-)

ramya said...

good to know that u r fine now. And amla pickle is looking very nice.i am drooling over it.

zlamushka said...

glad to hear, your feeling better SeeC.

And glad to read more of your pickle recipes, I have you bookmarked as Pickling Queen...

lakshmi said...

if i had been anywhere close to you - half your amlas would be finished even more you could pickle them :) - amlas with uppu and kara podi are absolutely delicious

sra said...

Hey, good to see you back seec

Asha said...

I am drooling too Seec, looks yum.I don't get Gooseberry here.
Did you get my E mail about your BBB? Hope you do send for RCI K!:))
Good to see you back.

Asha said...

Oh, just checked. Thank you for sending it! Hugs!:))

Happy cook said...

I love this pickle. Back at home my mom used to make them in the season and then it was always eating this with rice.
Your pickle looks so goo it is a pity that i don't get this here.
We also used to eat this fresh dipped in salt yum

USHA said...

Hi Seec,
From others comment i get to know that you are not feelign right,,,how are you now?Hey pickle simply superb...Wow!!!i remember our school days....

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi dear,
I visited your blogs every day to look for new posts!
Hope you are fine!I was just getting worried about your health!
Nice to see you back with a mouth watering Nellikai pickle! Nice that you gve the nutritional values!:))
You know how many comments you left in my blog? 30!! Your affection brought tears in my eyes! I have no words to express my feelings!
I would like to tell some details about our blog.
The yum blog is 12th position in WordPress English Blogs and 41 st in Word Press All languages blogs From 15 th September!
Thanks for all your encouragements and affection!:)) Take care. Hugs dear!
I will be making nelikkai in your method now as it is available in great quanttities in the market right now!
I will answer all your queries regarding our recipes in a mail!:))

Richa said...

mouthwatering :)
u r lucky to get fresh amla, do u think frozen will work for this?

Retno Prihadana said...

Nice to see ur posting again. I haven´t had Amla Pickle. Does the taste like cucumber pickle?

Sharmi said...

waw you made fresh amla pickle. that color make me drool. very tempting pics and can smell it here. we dont get fresh ones here:(

Jeena said...

Hey Seec welcome back to blogging sorry to here you were poorly :(
I love your pictures this recipe is wonderful. :)

Prema Sundar said...

Happy to see and glad to hear that u are well. Amla pickle looks very nice and mouth watering. U can send it for think spice 'mustard seeds' as without mustard in a pickle the taste would not be good.

Saju said...

That looks so delicious Seec. Glad to see you back.

swapna susarla said...

wow that pickle is making me mad!!!!My mom used to make this pickle.there are amla trees at m house.She used to make different kinds of pickles with it.looks tasty!!!

Suganya said...

Hey SeeC, You can send this to Waiter there is something in my.. Savory Preserve.

Vcuisine said...

Nice to see you back SeeC. A spicy one to tickle your tongue, i feel. Nice pickle recipe. Could fee the taste. The colour is so beautiful. Take care of your health which is more important. Have a good day. Viji

Srivalli said...

Seec...good to have you back...and thanks for all your wonderful comments...very nice of you to go thr all of them and letting me know your thoughts too..very sweet...and this pickle is very inviting...hope to have you posting often...take care

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Glad you are feeling better! You need the vitamin C in these pickles! :)

It is good to have you back!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Thanks for the info on reader. Though I know about this from archana, did not do anything about it! more over your long absence was troubling me! i knew some thing was wrong with your health!
Happy that you are back to normal now!:)) take care dear!
The chocolate is quite hard and not spongy!:) It is like eating regular chocolate sold in stores and with out preservatives!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

In kannada also we call in Nellikaai...

Lot of precaution needs to be taken while preparing pickles (like ensuring that no water gets mixed etc) May be you can throw light on it in another post...

thepassionatecook said...

see, i've never made any proper pickles myself - but i ought to try! when to a fabulous indian restaurant last night and they had a special chef's pickle platter which was amazing... and if the doctor likes it, theh so do i ;-) thanks for participating in WTSIM!

Laavanya said...

Hey Seec.. sooo good to have you back. I assumed you were still busy with work when there were no posts. Amla pickle looks lovely. Keep posting... and take care

Bharathy said...

Nice to note that you are keeping well now!
Love your version of Nellikkai Oorugai!..Made my cheeks hurt!..
Thanks for adding me to your great blog roll..:)

SeeC said...

Thanks for your kind words TBC.

Thanks Sirisha.

Thanks Ramya.

Thanks Zlam.
Love your pickling too.

Thanks Lakshmi. I just tried having
it with salt and red chilli powder...awesome.

Thanks Sra.

Thanks Asha.
Thanks for checking up on me.

Thanks for stopping by Happy Cook.
Yeah fresh one goes well with salt.
We get all indian items here.

Thanks Usha,
I am feeling well usha. Thanks for your concerns.
Have dropped more on your blog.

Thanks Latha.
It is really interesting to read your recipes
(esp authentic ones). It is just that i dont get my time to
do it daily.
Congrats and more on your blog.

Thanks Richa.
I am not sure of the frozen ones. You may want to try with just one or two.

Thanks Retno.
I am not sure of cucumber pickle.
Did you mean Dill pickle?
This would have a slight sour taste and the hot taste.

Thanks Jeena.

Thanks Prema. I am sorry that I could not make it for the Think spice.. event.

Thanks Saju.

Thanks Swapna.
Why dont you post a version of your moms.
I love to prepare different varieties.

Thanks Suganya for the info.
I have made my entry.

Thanks Viji. Thanks much for your concern.

Thanks Srivalli.
It is my pleasure.

Thanks Shrinidhi for your valuable suggestion.
Will definitely have this in mind when i post next time.

Thanks for stopping by thepassionatecook.

Thanks Laavanya.
Yeah I am still trying to manage between home and work.

Banu said...


pickle seems to be nice and easy to prepare.

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subhie said...

pickle looks grt....

Rani acharyulu said...

Its really yummy. I will make it. Thanks for sharing this wonderfull pickle.