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June 11, 2014


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Neer nellikai
I learnt this from my MIL. As I mention in all my posts,she is an expert in making pickles. She is my inspiration to try oorugai on my own and that too this neer nellikai is very easy to prepare. Even a beginner who has zero knowledge in making pickles can make it easily. As you all know, gooseberries has innumerable health benefits. So we include it in our food regularly either as pachadi or pickle. Do include gooseberries in any form in your regular diet.It will really do wonders. Lets see how to make this easy nellikai oorugai ..
Neer nellikai

Gooseberry pickle

Gooseberry pickle Gooseberry pickle recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Pickle
Serves: 12nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Gooseberry - 12 nos
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies - 10 nos
  • Asafetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Crystal salt - as needed
  • Water - 2.5 cups
Dry roast n grind
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
To temper
  • Sesame oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

  • Dry roast methi seeds till golden brown and remove.In the same pan,heat oil in a pan.Saute gooseberries in oil for 2-3 minutes till it shrinks a bit.It helps the gooseberries to soak faster. 
  • Grind red chillies,methi seeds,salt & turmeric powder coarsely.
  • In a wide bowl, take the sauteed gooseberries.Add water to cover it.Add the ground powder.Mix well.Check for taste.Add more salt & chilli powder if necessary.
  • Temper all the ingredients & add to gooseberry.U can taste it on the same day.It will taste spicy n bitter.U will get the actual taste only after 3-5 days.
U can refrigerate & store for months.It stays fresh & good !


  • Sauting gooseberries are optional but we usually do this for quick soaking.
  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder as per ur taste buds.
Enjoy n have a healthy side dish for curd rice.
Gooseberry pickle

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Laxmipriya said...

Wow... Looks superrr... Best wt curd rice...

Unknown said...

Looks yummy,goes well with curd rice

Sundari Nathan said...

Yummy pickle!! Love the pot :)

Julie said...

loved the tempting pickle n d pot too :)

Recipe world said...

Yummy n tempting ones..long time ago I had this!

Sangeetha M said...

Ithellam kannula paathukoda evlo yrs aachu :( missing such healthy and yummy stuffs here...looks really tempting da..nice and pretty pot too :)

R said...

looks delicious, great clicks!

Shabbu said...

Tempting pickle and lovely pot..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Tangy tasty pickle.

Unknown said...

tempting.. very good combo with curd rice.. between nice pot

Akila said...

Wow very tempting

Sona said...

Looks very yummy and tempting, sounds delicious with curd rice..

Anonymous said...

U reminded patti'scooking.. Love ur pot. Perfect with curd rice

nandoos kitchen said...

tempting pickle..

Unknown said...

Add water? Cold water? Do it keep for long?

Chitra said...

No need of cold water.Just add normal water.It stays good for months when refrigerated :)