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Spicy Amla Pickle / Amla ( Nellikkai ) Achar / Gooseberry Pickle …Step by Step

9 May 2012

Spicy Amla Pickle :

Indian Gooseberry / Amla pickle is a tangy & spicy pickle, which is rich in Vitamin C. In Tamil we call it as Nellikkai.

Last week, I saw quite a few fresh Amlas in market & couldn’t resist to buy it. I prepared pickle with them following an easy recipe from  Nisa  Homey’s  -  Cooking  is  Easy   blog. The pickle tasted awesome with a combo of both hot & spicy taste.

The kashmiri chilly pwd used in this recipe gives a fiery red color & mild spicy taste.

Amla has amazing health benefits [Source Wiki]

  • It is very rich in Vit. C & is considered to have more vitamin content than apple ( 1 Amla = 2 Apples )
  • Improves eyesight, strengthen the lungs & very good for heart.
  • As it contains tannins, it retains most of the vitamin content, even in dried form.
  • Provides remedies for many diseases, so widely used in ayurvedic medicines.
  • Improves muscle tone & acts as an anti-oxidant.
  • It enhances food absorption, good for skin & promotes healthier hair.

So, lets benefit including Amla, as part of our daily diet & enjoy..! 

This healthy pickle makes a nice combo with  curd rice  on a hot day..!

Also it combines great with  lemon rice sambar rice,  roti,  paratha  etc.

Lets see the simple yet tasty preparation of Amla pickle..:)


  • Gooseberry/Nellikka/Amla          - ½ kg
  • Gingely oil                                - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds                          - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds                       - ½ tsp
  • Whole dry red chilly                   - 3 to 4
  • Kashmiri red chilly pwd              - 3 to 4 tsp (increase or decrease as per your spicy choice)
  • Turmeric pwd                            - ¼ tsp
  • Asafetida/ Hing                         - a pinch
  • Vinegar                                     - ¼ cup
  • Sugar                                       - ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the Amla nicely & dry completely.
  2. Put it in a steamer & steam cook for 10 mins.

  1. When you open the lid of the steamer, you can see that the nellikai has slit open on its own & the flesh has cooked soft and fall away from the seed.

  1. Allow it to come to room temperature.
  2. Simply de-seed and split it into 4 or 6 with a knife.

  1. Heat gingely oil in a kadai / wok.
  2. Put in mustard seeds and allow it to crack.
  3. Simmer the fire, add fenugreek seeds, dry broken red chilly.
  4. Sauté for few seconds.
  5. Add red chilly pwd, turmeric pwd, asafetida pwd and salt

  1. Sauté the spices in the oil till the raw smell diminishes.

  1. Do take care not to burn the chilly pwd, so put the flame on low.
  2. Add sugar..this is to balance the spices.
  3. Add the Amla / Nellikkai & mix well.

  1. Turn off flame .
  2. Let it cool completely.
  1. Then add the vinegar & mix well.

  1. Store it in a dry airtight container and use after 3 days. 

  1. It makes a lipsmacking combo with  curd  rice.

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·       Spicy Mango pickle
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79 Yummy Comments:

Akila said...

This week brought half kg of nellikai from India especially to put oorukai n thought of searching for a good recipe... My luck u posted the recipe..... So as usual my search eds up here dear....

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow. That's looks great.Spice up your life with Amla pickles !

Hema said...

Just looking at the pictures, my tongue's tickling..

Hi, How long can we keep the pickle and should we keep it in room temperature or in fridge?

Srimathi said...

I have not seen nellikai in a while. I used to have them for my after school snack. I wish I could have one of the berries here. I wish they sell them here. Delicious pickles.

Sheoh Yan said...

First time seeing this nellikai. Wonder how it tastes.

Jay I love this with thayir sadam and pretty much my Mom also makes the same way. Wish I can get some fresh Nellikkai here.

Follow foodie said...

Wow Looks great!

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Nagashree said...

Wow Jay, I haven't eaten home made amla pickles in a long time. They look gorgeous. adding vinegar and boiling the amla are different from my amma's recipe.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Spicy delicious pickle...Love this..

Pranjali said...

Wow..this pickle is truly mouthwatering.want to have some..


Hamaree Rasoi said...

umm mouthwatering pickle ....great combo with curd rice

Hari Chandana said...

Woww.. looks super tempting and perfect.. lovely step by step pictures.. thanks for the recipe dear :)
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Sobha Shyam said...

thats such a yum pickle, its been long i had any amla pickle :(

manjooo said...

exactly the same way my mom prepares it, jay..
Goes well with rice... or even pararthas...I used to take this in my lunch when i was in college and later when i started working...I can imagine the taste...

Excellent idea, I don´t find these ones but I can replace them with cranberries or even grapes, why not?

Gayathri NG said...

Lip smacking pickle, i can eat as it as...

WOW... long list of benefits... drooling here..

Nisa Homey said...

Thanks for trying out my pickle Jay and I am glad u liked it enough to post it...enjoy!

YUMM !!!!

One of our favourite pickle.

Lovely to visit your space.




Nisa Homey said...
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Nisa Homey said...

Oops Jay...you linked to my homepage..can u link it to my amala pickle post dear http://nisahomey.blogspot.in/2012/03/nellikka-amla-achargooseberry.html


Lavanya said...

This is perfect as a side dish for curd rice

mireia badia said...

mmmmmmmmmm so perfect!!!

Lenia said...

I am drooling!Blessings,dear Jay!

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Anu said...

Wow..looks so nice..feel like eating it for lunch today..

simran said...

nice!!!!!!!my teeth are tingling...yummy combo with cud rice!!!

Shabbu said...

tempting pickle...perfect one..

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Tina said...

Fabulous..Looks so spicy and delicious.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lip smacking pickle

Finger licking pickle such a heavenly combo with curd rice,loved the last click....

Jay said...

thank you so much friends for your feedback & wonderful comments..I really appreciate that!
have a great day..:)

Jay said...

Hy Satya,
this pickle can be kept at normal temperature for a week and then v can use this for a month or two by refrigerating in an airtight container.

Jay said...

thanks for stopping by Nisa, sure I'll link it to your pickle post..:)

Hello Jay,
This looks yummy; I love seeing how you spice the potatoes; spices do add a lot of natural flavor; a recipe that I would love to try, many thanks for sharing!

Familycook said...

this is droolworthy!

Jehanne said...

wow this looks inviting, but I could not get any amla here:-(..

GKtalks said...

Normally, I do not like pickles, but when it is done by my Jay, I love to taste once for the healthy reasons, Jay quotes.

jeyashrisuresh said...

Yummy pickle, my sister makes this in the same way, though i never tried on my own. Must taste yum with curd rice

Kanan Patel said...

amla pickle looks yummy

Balvinder Ubi said...

Thanks jay for the step by step tutorial. I have never made this so it will be handy for me.

S.Menaga said...

OMG, super tempting tangy pickle looks inviting!!

Suparna said...

amla pickle looks so mouthwatering, nice pics

Marus said...

Good day

Madhavi said...

OMG drooling pickle and with curd rice..ahhhh yummmmmmmm!!!


radha said...

That picture with the pickle and the curd rice. Wow!

Suja Manoj said...

Healthy and yummy pickle,drooling..

Julie said...

Awesome pickle..love the flavors!!

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Sangeetha said...

wow...amla pickle looks too tempting...inviting pictures Jay!!

I was just reading the other day about amla being good for diabetics. I didn't know what it was but now I do :-)

Cathleen said...

Love the step by step! This looks extremely tasty, never heard of Amla, but I'm glad you made this post. With all these health benefits, it would be just wrong of me not to try it!

Packya said...

awesome and healthy pickle..so yummy.. superb pictures..

Jay said...

thanks for stopping by & your lovely compliments..:)

Swathi Iyer said...

Deliious Pickle Jay.

Makes me drool. Would love it with curd rice !!

love2dine said...

these are so so darling! i love potatoes.

Priya said...

Lipsmacking and super droolworthy amla pickle.

Shirley Tay said...

Jay, r u going to send us some of your pickles?? They look like something from the gift shop! Love it!

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finger licking and tongue tickling pickle. Perfect with some curd rice.

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Kim said...

These are not easy to find aournd here, but it looks good!

Sweet Life said...

It looks really tasty and now I know it's healthy too!
thanks for visiting me. Hope to share lot of recipes!

Nice pickle you have it here.

Its been like years since I last seen amla here. I just loved them during my childhood. Your pickle is simply mouthwatering dear...

hi jay, wow, looks very appetizing. but we dont have amla over here.
i would love to eat this with beryani. have a nice day dear.
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the java script..thanks

zila 4ever said...

drooling lolz..best menu i like:P

Petro Neagu said...

I like pickles so much! When I feel stomach sick a pickle always brings me back on track.
We don't have all your ingredients in Romania but I guess I could replace the amla with something else.

Great recipe, Jay!

looks so tasty!

Honey said...

man, you really can experiment with food.. PICKLE! That's stuff my mom and grandma make.. it's good though.. I finally know how pickle is made. :)

maha said...

my favvvvvvvvv.amma makes this..she is an expert n making pickles.......

Rosh said...

Oooohhh...mouthwatering pickle Jay! I am drooling :D

Jenn Kendall said...

those look awesome! wish i could find some gooseberries to make these!

Roshni said...

oh now i have to go get some nellikka.. i am drooling here

Spicy and very nice Jay. I have though never tried fresh Indian gooseberry...(what I know of).

kala said...

Oh my godddd Drolling overrrrr here

Teena Mary said...

Lip smacking pickle!! Loved it :)

Mary said...

I have never made a gooseberry pickle. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

cookingwithlysa said...

what an amazing side dish.. I have never tried this before. It really looks and sounds delicious !!

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