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Gooseberry Pickle

- submitted by Dahlia on 5th April 2014

(Nellikai Urugai, Amla Achaar)

Gooseberry is very old fruit in India. It is usually eaten raw or pickled. The fruit has been tested and proven to reduce the blood sugar and cholestrol.

Gooseberry has a thick flesh when eaten raw. When you first take a bite into the fruit, it tastes kind of bitter and sour. However after you swallow the fruit it gives a very sweet after taste. Kids often enjoy drinking a cup of water after eating the fruit. You can actually taste the sweetness of the fruit for quite some time when you swallow the water.

Indian gooseberry (Amla/ Nellikai) - 1/2 kg
Salt - 4-5 tblsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Sesame oil - 4 tblsp
Red Chilly Powder - 5 tblsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tblsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig

1. Wash the Gooseberries and dry it completely.
2. Take the gooseberries in a clay jar or glass bottle. Add the salt and turmeric powder to it. Keep it covered for 2-3 days. Toss the bottle once or twice a day. The gooseberries will absorb all the salt and become soft.
3. If you want to skip the above step and make instant Gooseberry Pickle, then boil the gooseberries with 1/2 cup of water with salt. Boil until the gooseberries become soft and then proceed.
4. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
5. Switch off and then add the asafoetida and red chilly powder.  
6. Add this to the soft salted gooseberries. Let the pickle absorb all the flavours for atleast 3 days before enjoying.

  Tasty Gooseberry Pickle is ready to serve with curd rice or any other dish. This will last in the refrigerator for 4-5 months.

Nowadays everyone owns a refrigerator. So storing and preserving the pickle has become very simple. Moreover, people have become very health concious. Everyone prefer to make instant pickles with less oil and salt. With the above recipe, you can control the amount of salt and oil. 

However, if for any reason, you plan to preserve the pickle for a long period without a refrigerator, please do take care of the following steps while making the pickle:-
1. The gooseberries should have absolutely no moisture before starting.
2. You have to double the amount of salt and oil as they are the main preservatives. The oil should float above the level of gooseberries.
3. Dry roast 2 tsp of mustard seeds and 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds, powder it and add to the pickle. These are preservatives too.
4. Finally, add 2 tblsp of vineger. This also helps in preserving the pickle.  

  - You can chop the gooseberries into segments and make the pickle. Check out the recipe for Kerala style Nellika Achaar.

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Comments (4)

mx   (February 17, 2015)
Any alternative to sesame oil?
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 23, 2015)
You can use mustard oil or any other refined oil.. Sesame oil gives a very good flavor to pickles... But you could use any other oil instead.
Hema   (February 6, 2014)
You haven't used the chilli powder. When should we add it?
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 6, 2014)
Add it along with the gooseberry and salt... after tempering..

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