Amla Pickle

Indian Gooseberries (amla) are considered to have anti-aging properties as per Ayurveda. Amla was mentioned in Sangam Tamil literature 2000 years ago : King Adhiyamaan gifted a rare fruit, nellikani (amla), to an old poetess Avvaiyar as it was believed to extend one’s life. If you are interested to read her poem written after receiving amla fruit, click here: https://karkanirka.org/2008/08/20/how-many-auvaiyars/

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Amla is a rich source of Vit.C and dietary fibre. You can click on these links to check its nutrition values & health benefits:

If one can not include raw amla in regular diet, pickling is the best alternate. It tastes good with rice varieties, especially curd rice.

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Now lets get into the recipe:

First we need to dry roast asafoetida & fenugreek (1/4 cup) seeds separately in a pan and grind into a fine powder. You can store this in an air-tight container and use for making pickle, tamarind rice (puliyodharai), tamarind curry (puli kuzhambu) or any other curry as flavor enhancer.

Time Taken: 40 min

Ingredients:

  1. Amla – 21 Nos
  2. Sesame oil – 1/4 cup
  3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Red chilli powder – 2 tbsp
  5. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  6. Coarsely powdered pepper – 1/2 tsp
  7. Fenugreek powder – 1 tsp
  8. Salt – 1 and 1/4 tsp

Cooking Method:

  • Wash amla & steam for 10 min or till they become soft.
  • When they reached room temperature, remove seeds and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with sesame oil in medium flame.
  • Add mustard seeds, when they start spluttering put off the flame.
  • Add red chilli powder & turmeric powder and give a nice quick stir.
  • Add de-seeded amla and light the stove again.
  • Saute amla in medium flame.
  • Add salt and saute till oil starts oozing out.
  • Add fenugreek powder & pepper powder.
  • Mix them well and simmer for 2 min. and remove from flame.
  • Store pickle in a dry clean glass jar when it reaches room temperature.

Please Note:

  1. To increase shelf life of pickle, steaming amla is recommended as it does not have direct contact with water.
  2. Pepper is added mainly for flavor, not to increase the heat.
  3. You can also add a teaspoon of jaggery along with pepper, just to balance the heat & tartness.
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39 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeni G.J says:

    My favourite Amla pickle😍

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    1. Megala says:

      Nice to know that! Thanks!

      Like

  2. InspiresN says:

    Great share with the step by step pics and details! Amla pickle is indeed a great way to get all the good source of nutrients!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, you are right! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Ei Gi Chakhum says:

    Interesting to know about the gift to poetess Avvaiyar by King Adhiyamaan. The pickle is very tempting. In Manipuri we call Amla as Heigru(king of all fruits) due to its numerous health benefits.

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, amla is indeed a super fruit in India. Thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I loved your pictorial description of the entire process of making amla pickle. Will try it for sure👍

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Radhika!

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  5. Love amlas! will surely try this when I can get my hands on amla next. Thanx for sharing! 🙂

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  6. Lavs Raj says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics for each step. Looks yummy!! Amla pickle is hubby’s favourite.. Will def try this. 😀

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    1. Megala says:

      Glad that you liked this post!

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  7. Mouthwatering recipe, Megala!

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  8. Lindsayrose says:

    Hey sweet! I have nominated you for the Awesome blogger award! Congratulations, check it out here https://lindsayrose2.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/the-awesome-blogger-award/

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much! I really feel honored!

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      1. Lindsayrose says:

        Well deserved lovely x

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  9. Mmm looks good! : )

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  10. Looking really yummy…will surely try this !!

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  11. Yum👌 love this pickle! Nallikai💛💛 thank you for sharing will try this soon😊

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  12. da AL says:

    what a great site! makes me hungry 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Megala says:

      🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I love anything made of amlaa

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    1. Megala says:

      Nice! By the way thanks for visiting my blog!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Bhagyashri says:

    Wow so yummy… 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Very nice 👌. Great info too

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  16. Very nyc, loved your stepwise pictorial too 👌

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you Vidhya!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. infuzedtea says:

    Amazing article! 🙂 I hope to learn more about pickling. If you want to learn more about tea check out my blog 🙂 https://infuzed.net/2017/05/03/essential-guide-for-tea-brewing/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! Will visit your blog surely!

      Like

  18. What blender are you using?
    It blends stuff so fine!
    My blender is rubbish.

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    1. Megala says:

      We are using 700 Watts mixer grinder here in India for grinding spices. Hope you will find one!

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