In these Covid 19 days, vegetables and fruits that are useful to build our immunity are in much demand- far more than before, perhaps. This article in Gigadocs lists super foods that can help build immunity to fight Covid 19.
One such is Gooseberry which has many health benefits. In my house we have been using gooseberries since we were kids so this is nothing new for us.
Gooseberries are called Nellikai or Nellikayi in Kannada, Amla in Hindi, and Avalo in my mother tongue, Konkani.
Naturally, elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with health-filled gooseberries, such as:-
Today's recipe is again from my Home State of Karnataka and is called Nelliaki Saaru. As you know, saaru is a rasa-like accompaniment for hot steamed rice served for lunch or dinner. I have adapted this from the YouTube video for "Nellikai Saaru" by Veg Recipes of Karnataka.
We loved this aromatic and tasty Saar and think you will like it too!
- Nellikai (Amla/ Gooseberries), large-sized, 3
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
- Toor Dal, (Slit Pigeon Peas), 2 tsp
- Urad Dal,(Black Gram Dal), 1 tsp
- Coriander Seeds, 2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Black Pepper, a few. 5
- Methi Seeds, 1/8 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1/8 tsp
- Green Chillies, 4, or to taste
- Curry Leaves, 5-6
- Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Coriander Leaves, finely chopped, 1 tbsp
- Oil, 1 tsp
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Broken Red Chilli, 1
- Asafoetida, a big pinch
- Curry Leaves, a few
- Oil, 2 tsp