Nellikka Achar – Gooseberry Pickle Recipe

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  • Yield : 500 gm
  • Servings : 20 nos
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

Kerala Style Healthy Nellikka Achar Recipe

Nellikka achar is not a real sour pickle. It is comparatively mild and contains chilli powder, gingelly oil, salt and a little vinegar. You can add more vinegar if you like to have a real sour one. Nutritional value will improve by pickling process, as there will be vitamin B productions by bacteria. Pickling is a popular food preservation method around the world. The Indian Gooseberry is popularly known as “Amla”. Its scientific name is emblica officinalis. Amla is also known as Amalaki in Sanskrit, Adiphala, Dhatri, Amali, Amalakamu, Usirikai, Anola, Amlika, Nellikai, Nillika, Nellikya, Emblic, etc are some of the few other names used for Amla.

The Indian Gooseberry or Amla is very rich in vitamin C. It has a powerful natural antioxidant that protects you from harmful free radicals like cancer, degeneration of cells and premature aging. Amla helps to boost protein metabolism. Amla fruit is anti-inflammatory. It has been found to be effective against hay fever that causes inflammation of the nose and eyes. It has also been found to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, gout and other joint pains. It improves the immune system of the body and protects you from many diseases. It helps to purify and clean the blood so that no impurities reaches the body cells. Therefore, Amla is very good for the skin. 

Amla acts as a natural hair conditioner. It nourishes the roots of hair and helps to prevent premature greying of hair. It stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth. It is very effective in treating eye problems and improving eyesight. It helps to treat diseases like itching, reddening, and watering of eyes.

Try this easy pickle recipe at your kitchen!


  • Gooseberry (nellikka) - 500 gm
  • Kashmiri chilly Powder - 2 tsp
  • Asafoetida powder (kayapodi) - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder (uluva podi) - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic cloves - 10 nos
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Sesame (Gingelly oil) - 3 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 strings
  • Vinegar - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped ginger - 1 tbsp


Step 1

Clean and cut the gooseberry into slices.

Step 2

Heat sesame oil in a pan and shallow fry gooseberry, garlic and chopped ginger for 5 minutes. Remove from oil and keep it aside.

Step 3

In the same oil splutter mustard seeds. Add kashmiri chilly powder, curry leaves and fry on low flame for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Add nellikka, garlic, chopped ginger, vinegar and salt. Add asafoetida powder, fenugreek powder and saute for 3 minutes.

Step 5

Tasty Nellikka Achar is ready to be served.

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