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Andhra Style Amla Achaar / Nellikai Urugaai / Gooseberry Pickle

Pickles  … who doesn’t love them.

I love to eat them as well as read them. 😀  I meant these guys. 😉

pickles comic strip

So here is the recipe to make tasty and spicy Amla achaar / Nellikai urugaai / Gooseberry pickle.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

amla

Steam / pressure cook amla. This makes it easier to remove the seeds. You can also cut the amla to remove the seed without cooking. I used a steamer basket.

Take 1 spoon of salt and half tea spoon of tumeric and coat amla with this mixture. This step is optional and can be skipped. I do this so salt can seep into the amla during cooking.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Boil a cup of water.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Place the steamer basket basket in it and steam the amla for about 10 minutes.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

When gently pressed, the amla will split like a flower very easily like this.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

The collected seeds can be dried and dropped into hair oil. Amla is very good for hair.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Roast Gingelly / Sesame seeds till they stop crackling. Keep a close watch on them as they tend to get burnt really fast. Sesame seeds add a lovely flavor, texture and taste to any pickle. And they are very healthy as they contain trace mineral copper.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Dry roast mustard seeds.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Dry roast fenugreek seeds.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Dry grind the dry roasted Gingelly seeds, Fenugreek seeds and Mustard seeds.  I prefer a coarser texture

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

For seasoning, you will need half a teaspoon of mustard seeds, sesame oil, turmeric powder and chili powder.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Heat oil and add mustard seeds.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

After they have finished crackling, add turmeric powder and the ground masala while stirring constantly.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Then chili powder and salt.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Taste the mixture to check whether it requires more salt / chili powder and then add the steamed amla pieces when oil starts to separate.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Spread the pickle to cool down.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

When it has cooled down, store it in an air tight bottle. Shelf life is extended when it is refrigerated immediately.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

Taste improves a lot by second day after the gingelly seeds have soaked in the chili and salt taste.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

When I first made this Amla pickle, I was surprised that it was so easy and tasted so much better than the store bought ones.

Easy spicy Amla pickle - Andhra style amla achaar - nellikaai urugai

 

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