Nellikkai Thokku/Gooseberry OR Amla Pickle

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Indian Gooseberry or Amla can be attributed to the high vitamin C content. Amla enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, is good for the skin, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens the eyes, improves muscle tone and it acts as an antioxidant. It provides remedies for many diseases so it is widely used in ayurvedic medicines. It is said that Gooseberry does not loose its vitamin C content even when cooked,dried or powdered.
Athai makes pickle, thokku  and jam with  Nellikkai during the season. This is again Athai`s recipe with simple ingredients that make a great tasting pickle. 

  1. 500gms Nellikkai/Gooseberry ( big variety ) approx about 20
  2. 30 red chillies
  3. lemon size tamarind
  4. 2 tablespoon mustard
  5. ½ tablespoon fenugreek
  6. 1½ tablespoon salt
  7. ½ cuo oil ( Idhayam oil )
  8. ½ teaspoon turmeric 
  9. 1 teaspoon mustard for seasoning
1. Wash and clean the Nellikkai /Gooseberry well. Dry them with a towel or paper towel. Grind to a coarse paste in a mixer as shown 

2.Heat a kadai and dry roast the mustard, fenugreek and chillies. When cool grind in a mixer to a powder. 
3. Soak tamarind and extract thick pulp from the tamarind and set aside. 

4. Heat oil in  kadai/pan and mustard and when it splutters, add the Nellikkai. Saute for about 5 minutes. 
5. Now add the powder, salt and mix well. Keep stirring well for 5 minutes.
 6. Now add the tamarind extract and mix well.

7. Simmer on low heat stirring until thokku consistency as shown and oil starts to separate. Store in a clean dry glass bottle or container. 

TIPS: Use red chillies according to your taste. Pickles are usually very spicy and salty with lot of oil. Oil and salt helps in preserving the pickle for a long time.


  1. Gr8 ..looks yum and nice pics

  2. Yummy , tangy and tempting pickle

  3. It is really a yummy dish ... very informative post...

  4. Great recipe. I am literally drooling- no kidding :)

  5. Wow such a mouth-watering recipe!!
    I am here for first time, happy following you..


  6. Thokku looks yummy and tempting, bookmarked it!

  7. Slurp, mouthwatering here..;seriously am drooling here..

  8. looks so yummy! nice step by step pics too!

  9. though my mom makes this, i never attempted on my own.Excellent presentation and recipe sounds so well

  10. We don't get the fresh one, that looks so tasty this thokku!

  11. Nellikai thokku is very new to me,always make it pachadi or pickle,sounds super yumm! Lovely click as always!

  12. very tempting n perfect with curd rice!!lovely click!

  13. oh are on a pickle making spree I guess ..enjoy..wonderful recipe

  14. im a gr8 fan of bookmarking this recipe...superb...

  15. Its so yummy I have a packet of frozen nelikkai...I am always lazy to thaw it out and make the thokku!!! Lovely clicks!


  16. lovely click, I love nelikkai thokku, well, I don't get them here very often

  17. Hi, Do you just remove the seeds from a fresh amla and grind them to a coarse state? No boiling / sauting, nothing?

  18. Sangeetha,
    There is no boiling involved but in in step 4 I have mentioned to saute the ground gooseberry for about 5 minutes. Hope this helps.

  19. Looks yummmy but i have a doubt on the amount of oil required.

    1. I have updated the quantity. Its 1/2 a cup of oil. Thank you for letting me know.

  20. Amla is very healthy fruit that has less fat and high carbohydrates. I have been looking for the Amla pickle for few days, the making process of this pickle is so delicious thank you for that. I have ordered the pickle from Sitara foods which tastes superb.


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