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January 8, 2009


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Gooseberry pachadi / Nellikai pachadi 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 in day time. Keep in open air under the fan during night. Repeat this until its dried completely.

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
  • 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:)

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

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  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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