Friday, December 9, 2016

Nellikai Chutney | Usirikaya Pachadi | Amla Chutney | Gluten Free and Vegan Recipe

Usirikaya Pachadi

Hi Supermoms,

'Amla' is known as 'Amruth'( nectar of life) in Ayurveda. It is also known as the 'Sarva Roga Nivarani'( medicine for all diseases). Amla is filled with anti -oxidants, anti- aging properties and the vital Vitamin C that helps in absorption of various nutrients from the food we eat. 

It is so important to consciously include this great fruit in our daily diet in some form or the other. I have earlier shared some recipes like  Amla Chutney Podi/Nellikai Podi , Amla Rasam, Amla Pickle/thokku for you all to try. 

Today, I am sharing another delicious recipe using gooseberries. The best part is that the chutney is so tasty that you will like to eat it just like that!

You can enjoy it with hot rice or with dosa/idli/upma/phulkas/chapathi etc., 

A must try !!

Nellikai Chutney:

Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Serves : 4
1 cup = 250 ml cup

Ingredients :

2 gooseberries /amla/usirikaya/nellikai ( grated) ( big ones) OR 1/2 cup grated gooseberry
3 dates ( remove the seeds)
1/4 cup coconut ( chopped , fresh)
1/4 cup urad dal/husked and split black gram
5-6 dry red chillies ( I used the Salem gundu milagai/ small chilli variety) 
1/2 teaspoon flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds/ white til
pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon oil
salt to taste

For tempering :

2 teaspoons oil ( I used sesame oil)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon curry leaf powder OR 4-5 fresh curry leaves 
pinch of asafoetida
1-2  dry red chillies

Method :

1. Heat a small pan with 1/2 teaspoon oil.
2. Fry the urad dal and dry red chillies till they turn fragrant.

3. Transfer it to a plate/mixer jar to cool.
4. Next, in the same pan, dry roast the flax and sesame seeds till they start to splutter.
Chef tip : Do not roast them too much.
In the same pan, add the grated gooseberry, salt, turmeric powder and fry over low flame for 2-3 minutes and transfer it to the same plate. 

5. In the same pan, add the grated gooseberry, salt, turmeric powder and fry over low flame for 2-3 minutes and transfer it to the same plate. 

6. Transfer them to the plate and switch off .
7. Grind all the roasted ingredients along with dates and coconut to a smooth paste adding water little at a time.

Chef tip : If you want to serve it along with rice, you can make a thick paste, and add more water if you are going to serve it along with idlis or dosas.

8. Heat the same pan with oil given for tempering and temper with the ingredients given for tempering.
9. Pour it into the chutney and mix well.
Chef tip : The chutney will remain good for 2-3 days when stored in a clean, odour free container/vessel.

Your healthy Amla Chutney/ Nellikai Chutney  is ready!!!

Nellikai Chutney

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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