This is the time of year when Indian Gooseberries are available in plenty. These are called Nellikai/Nellikayi in Tamil and Kannada, Amla in Hindi, and Avalo in my mother tongue, Konkani.
As we had gooseberries readily available, I decided to prepare an easy to make yet delicious chutney with them to go with the breakfast dosas!
We have been told that even in ancient times our rishis knew about the many health benefits of amla. This article details some of the health benefits of gooseberries.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with health-filled gooseberries such as:-
Today's recipe is for Nellikai Chutney. For this you can add green chillies as per your taste. The addition of asafoetida and jaggery enhances the taste of this chutney. Overall this goes great as an accompaniment to our usual breakfast fare of idlis and dosas.
I hope you will try this out and am sure that you will like it as much as we do!
- Large -sized Nellikai (Gooseberry), 2
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
- Green Chillies, 2-3
- Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/8 tsp
- Jaggery, grated, 1 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp
- Urad Dal, 1/2 tsp
- Dried Red Chilli, 1- broken into halves
- Curry Leaves, 6-8
- Oil, 1 tsp