During one of our visits to Chennai, we were invited by our friends to their house for breakfast. Along with the hot dosas was served a chutney for accompaniment which was quite delicious. I was then told it was Nellikai Thuviyal.
As I had guessed, it was made of gooseberries! I also came to know that there is a difference between thuviyals and chutneys, when I asked her this question. I was told that generally thuviyals are more thick and coarse than chutneys and have lentils in them.
So today's recipe is for Nellikai Thuviyal, made with health-filled gooseberries, which I learnt that day.
As you may know gooseberries are called Nellikai/Nellikayi in Tamil and Kannada, Amla in Hindi and Avalo in Konkani, my mother tongue.
Gooseberries are supposed to be rich in Vitamin C. In these days of the Covid 19 pandemic, gooseberries can well serve as immunity-boosters.
Elsewhere in this blog you will find recipes for dishes made with gooseberries such as:-
I hope you will enjoy this simple but tasty accompaniment for your breakfast dosa/idli.
- Nellikai ( Gooseberries), 5
- Urad Dal, (Black Gram Dal), 2 tbsp
- Coconut, cut into small pieces, 2 tbsp
- Byadgi Dry Red Chillies, 5
- Hing ( Asafoetida Powder), 1/4 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, 2 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp
- Urad Dal, (Black Gram Dal), 1/4 tsp
- Curry Leaves, 8-10
- Oil, 1 tsp