NELLIKAI THAYIR PACHADI
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.
Today's dish is called Nellikai Thayir Pachadi, Thayir being the Tamil word for curds. It is a curd based raita-like side dish served with the main meal. In today's really easy to make recipe, we grind together the gooseberries and spices and mix this with fresh curds.
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.
Traditionally they have been used in South Indian cooking, so elsewhere in this blog you will find other dishes made with gooseberries such as:-
- Nellikai ( Gooseberries) , 5
- Thayir ( Fresh Curd), 1 cup
- Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 2 tbsp
- Green Chillies, 3
- Salt, to taste
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Curry Leaves, 6-8
- Oil, 1 tsp