Gooseberry season has arrived !Time to make lip smacking chutney , pachadi , tokku and pickles using these wonder berries containing an inexhaustible source of  nutrients necessary for good health ! Here is a quick and easy to make recipe for Nellikkai Oorugai / Gooseberry pickle. Since it is an instant pickle it can be prepared in small batches as and when required . Stays good up to a week under refrigeration.


Gooseberries / Nellikkai – 250 gms

Sesame oil – 4 tbsps

Chilly powder – 1 tbsp

Salt – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Powdered Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp 

Mustard seeds – 1 pinch 


1. Wash the Gooseberries/ Nellikkai thoroughly and steam them for 15 minutes and cool them.

2. The segments of the steamed berries will fall apart easily . 

3. Remove the seeds from the segments.

4. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds .

5. Add asafoetida , powdered fenugreek seeds and  turmeric powder  one after another.

6. Stir in the gooseberry segments .

7. Add chilly powder and salt and blend well on low flame for a minute.

8. Switch off flame and cool the pickle before storing in a clean dry jar. 

Enjoy your lip smacking Dideer Nellikkai Oorugai / Instant Gooseberry Pickle with your meal .

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