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January 8, 2009


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This is a very healthy and easy to make pachadi. Most of us have gooseberry pickle. But this one is of a different kind.My MIL always buy gooseberries in lots & cuts them into small pieces , grind it in mixie to get a wet powder(no need to add water).We spread it in a big plate (Thaambaalam) and keep it in sunlight for 2-3 days.

It will become a dry powder(we call it as “Nelli Mulli).We store this in an air-tight container and use it for months.As we all know, Gooseberry can be taken in any form,we include this at least twice a week in our lunch.This Pachadi can be made with the dried powder or fresh ones.
So here is the recipe,

  • BIG Gooseberry (fresh) – 1 no ( if POWDER , use 2 tsp)
  • Green chilly – 1 - 2 nos  ( use 2 nos if it is small)
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Asafetida – A pinch
  • Curd – 1/4 cup
  • Mustard seeds  & urad dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
How to proceed
  • Cut the gooseberry into small pieces and remove the seed.
  • Now grind it with green chilly,coconut piece and salt with a pinch of asafetida to make it a paste by adding enough water.
  • Then transfer it to a small bowl and add the curd to it.
  • Mix it well and season with mustard,urad dal & curry leaves.
Note: U can do the same with nelli mulli powder.Just replace the fresh gooseberry with 2 tsp of this.Add more chilly if u want it to be spicy.
This pachadi serves as a very good accompaniment for dhal rice(paruppu saadham)with ghee.It can also be had with plain rice & ghee.That tastes excellent:)


  1. Indian gooseberry, due to its high vitamin C content, is effective in controlling diabetes. It will also prevent eye complications in diabetics.
  2. It is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders. It is especially effective in tuberculosis of the lungs, asthma and bronchitis.
  3. As an extremely rich source of vitamin C, it is a very effective remedy for scurvy.
  4. The juice of Indian gooseberry with honey is beneficial in presenting eye sight.
  5. It is a valuable remedy for enriching hair growth and pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces, is dried, preferably in the shade. These pieces are boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes charred. This darkish oil is excellent in preventing graying. The water in which dried amla pieces are soaked overnight is also nourishing to hair and can be used for the last rinse while washing the hair.
  6. The dried fruit of Indian gooseberry is useful in diarrhea and dysentery.
  7. Most important is it has revitalizing effects, as it contains an element which is very effective in preventing ageing and in maintaining strength in old age. It improves body resistance and protects the body against infection. It strengthens the heart, hair and different glands in the body.

So let us make this easy pachadi at our home & get all the above benefits:)


  1. I knew nellikai was good for health but never knew it was this good. This pachadi sounds yum...first time here you have a wonderful site!

  2. I havenot heard Nellikai pacadi. Can u pls tell me how the taste will be?

  3. @ Rajee , it wont taste sour as we think. We are adding green chilly & curd .SO it wont be sour or tangy :)
    @ganga , thanks :)

  4. This is simple and easier one,so the goose berry goes along with our food in a healthy way.Even the kids will enjoy eating them. Thankyou for this wonderful receipe.


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