This is the season for gooseberries which are called Nellikai in Kannada. These are called Amla in Hindi and Avalo in my mother tongue, Konkani.
Traditionally, gooseberries have been valued in Indian cooking. This article explains the numerous benefits gooseberries have for our health.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with gooseberries, such as:-
Since I had recently made Nellikai Saaru, I had some more gooseberries at home. I then decided to make Nellikai Chutney from our Karnataka cuisine. This is a dry chutney that goes well with rice or idli-dosas. I had learnt this long ago from one of our neighbors who is from Tumkur.
We had this with our breakfast dosas and the chutney tasted very yummy!
I am sure you will enjoy this Nellikai Chutney when you try it out.
- Nellikai (Gooseberries), large-sized, 5
- Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
- Methi (Fenugreek) Seeds, 8-10
- Urad Dal (Black Gram Dal), 1 tsp
- Curry Leaves, a sprig
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 4
- Green Chilli, slit, 1
- Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
- Coriander Leaves, a handful
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, 2 tbsp