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Sep 28, 2008

Nellikai thokku/gooseberry pickle

I was doubtful whether I could send my entry for the AFAM-gooseberry this month. Gooseberries are available only in the Indian stores and I had no plans and time to go to the stores this month. I looked for them in other local shops,but could not find them. But due to some reasons, I had to go to Mustafa(Indian shop) and could get the gooseberries. I had never tried making anything with gooseberries.
I was wondering what to make with them. I was very fond of Awle ka murabba, my mom had made once. I had also tasted awla supari (a flavoured mouth freshner),one of my very friendly neighbours used to make during the summer seasons. It was chopped into small pieces and appropriate spices were added to it and then dried under the hot sun. It tasted fantastic.Then another thing I really enjoyed was awla tea or juice which was available at certain places only in the morning. We used to have it after a brisk morning walk and it tasted divine.
My hubby asked me to make gooseberry jam. But I was apprehensive about making it. I did not want to waste the gooseberries which I managed to buy just in time. I browsed for many recipes and found thokku easy and interesting and useful too as it goes well with curd rice,dosas and chapatis. So here's the recipe.
nellikai thokku

Ingredients-
Gooseberries- 250g
Oil- 1/2 cup
Mustard- 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Chilly powder- 2tsp
Salt -1tbspn

Method-
Cook the gooseberries in a pressure cooker till soft.
Remove the seeds and skin and slice into small pieces. Add half of the oil in a pan. Add mustard, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida.
Add the Gooseberries. Add turmeric powder,chilly powder and salt. Mix well.
Keep mashing it with your potato masher .
Keep stirring till it becomes a thick paste.
Add the remaining oil and cook for another 10 minutes.
Keep stirring taking care it does not burn at the bottom.
Remove from flame.
Store in a clean sterilized glass container.

22 comments:

notyet100 said...

will ask hubby to get gooseberry...he gng mustafa today,../pickle looks yum,,.:-),hppy weekend...

Cham said...

Tokkhu is common household item in TN :) But we never get fresh here :( Lovely bottle of thokku Sowmy

Uma said...

ooh, colorful, spicy tokku Sowmya! hope to find some gooseberries here.

Jayashree said...

Lovely entry. I can eat pickles with almost anything.

DEESHA said...

nellikai thokku looks yum .. o love nellikai thokku N uppinkai also .. goes great with curd rice

Shreya said...

hi, i love nellikka achar! Awesome preparation:-) mouth-watering. I have tagged you at my blog, please visit and do soon..

Happy cook said...

I know you can't give me the whole bottel, but even I heap spoon would be enough.
They looks so delicious.
I always adored nellika pickle

srikars kitchen said...

really mouth watering... nice entry sowmya...

Usha said...

This looks delightful Sowmya...good one :)

Sangeeth said...

a diff recipe for me....I am not that fond of nelikai but i think this recipe will make my views change :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Oh nice recipe with amla,i had no idea to use amla,my hubby loves it.Thanks.

Sireesha said...

Nellikai Thokku looks divine andtangy sowmya :)I love it...

monali said...

Hii Sowmya..it was nice n mouth watering reading your dishes, really I love them all...:)!Monali

Purva Desai said...

Gooseberry pickle looks really irresistible and mouth watering

Illatharasi said...

Is that bottle for me? ;) he he.... my mouth is watering:) Love its colour....

Everybody has this concern that they were not able to find gooseberries normally.... in fact I too took them from mustafa :(

Laavanya said...

That reminds me.. i have a pack of nellikai pickle that my MIL sent me... Yours looks fascinating.

Sushma said...

wow!!
I feel like eating it right away :)
nice blog, happen to see it today

SweetBites said...

hi Sowmya, just visited ur wonderful blog. ur nellikai tokkhu looks so awesome. my mouth is watering just lookin at the pics. will try it soon coz i luv pickles.

Divya Vikram said...

Mouthwatering pickle!

anudivya said...

Got to check if we get fresh gooseberries here. I have the frozen ones, but that wouldn't be a good idea I think. Nice pickle

Vani said...

The gooseberry thokku looks great, Sowmya!

Sukanya said...

The color is great....I also make Nellikai thokku....

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