Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nellikai rice - Amla Rice - Gooseberry Rice

Have never thought these simple gooseberries could be used to make a healthy and quick fix lunch! Gooseberries have always meant pickles to me and I have never tried to imagine it being used elsewhere except in the tonics and oils for Vitamin C nourishment.The very mention of gooseberry gets my taste buds tickling with sourness..sssssssssss!Yes, thats the way I felt when I first heard about this rice.

Since a long time I had wanted to try this recipe but I could not get hold of gooseberries in US. After I landed in India, the first thing I bought on my very first groceries shopping trip was gooseberries! They were patiently waiting to see the light of the day in my fridge for over 10 days! Well, when I did make them, it turned out awesome! It is such a quick and easy rice to make and is a perfect fit for the dabba!


- 1/2 cup rice (raw rice or basmati)
- 3 gooseberries grated
- 1 or 2 green chillies
- 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp oil, divided
- few curry leaves
- chopped coriander
- a pinch of turmeric
- Salt to taste

For tempering:

- 1 tsp urad dhal
- 1 tsp channa dhal
- 1 tsp peanuts
- 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp cumin(jeera) seeds
- 2 or 3 cashews broken

Prep time: 10 mins           Cook time: 30 mins

Source: Delicious Desi Dishes

- Cook the rice of your choice and set aside for cooling. Rice has to be cooked in such a way that the grains are seperate and not sticky.
- While the rice is cooking, grate the gooseberries, chop the onions, slit the chillies in half and gather the ingredients for tempering.
- In a small pan, heat 1/2 tsp of oil, add the mustards and once they splutter add the cumin seeds and other ingredients. You can temper with any or all of the ingredients listed under tempering.
- Once the dhals are roasted remove the tempering and set aside.
- In the same pan, heat the remaining oil, add the onions and chillies and fry till the onions turn translucent.
- Now add the grated gooseberries, salt and turmeric and saute constantly for 2 to 3 minutes.Remove from heat and mix with the tempering.
-  Add the warm rice to the above and toss everything together.
- Pack them into your dabbas for lunch or serve with any raitha of your choice!

- For those who are not very calorie conscious, you could add 2 tsp of grated coconut while sauteing the gooseberries for added flavour:-)

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Helathy Cooking Challenge hosted by Smita of My Tasty Curry and guest hosted by Kavi of Edible Entertainment


  1. very nice interesting recipe..new to me

  2. new to me never tried goosbery in rice. healthy pulave

  3. looks nice i like the gooseberry rice

  4. interesting Hyma...never tasted this before ,looks so inviting!!

  5. thanks all for your lovely comments! Hope you all enjoy making it:-)

  6. Tangy and flavorful rice looks yummy.

  7. Wow, this is very nice,. I never tried this. Will surley try this and let u know :)

  8. Wow.tangy n healthy rice...never tried a rice with amla,hope it is too yummy...

  9. wow...this is different! never made gooseberry rice! im sure it tastes great...peanuts, cashews and all the crunchy dal :) umm...will try it soon!

  10. I am a BIG amla fan but never had anything like this before ~ it looks totally lip-smacking n definitely a must try for me:)

  11. First time here..Im a great fan of this nellikka..but never tried this recipe...Looks yummy.

  12. 1st time here. Love the recipe. Thanks so much for linking it to my event! :) Would love to have more entries from you...
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge