Gooseberry Pickle

Nellika Achar / Gooseberry pickle
It was very shocking when i couldn't find any fresh Gooseberries from our Indian Stores here in the US. During my first year of stay i used to try my luck in each and every Indian Grocery Stores i found, i used to call my mom back home and explain about all the different veggies we get here, as well complaining about my failure in not finding a single store with gooseberries, at last to my relief i got hold of the frozen ones, at least we Get these.
Back home , Mom has this "Bharani" an earthern pot where you usually store pickles which is quite common in South India. I don't have one here, but got this cute little "Bharani".

1/4 kg  Nelikka / Gooseberry
4tbsp Red chili powder ( i used Kashmiri)
1/4tsp Asafoetida
1/2tsp Fenugreek seeds
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Gingely Oil
Dry Red chilies
Curry leaves
Salt to taste


  • Boil the gooseberries in water till soft and tender, strain and save the water.
  • In a pan heat oil and pop mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies & curry leaves
  • Add in asafoetida and chilli powder saute for a min, add the boiled water and let it boil.
  • Add in the gooseberries and let it simmer.( Check on the water, and adjust accordingly)
  • Allow to cool, and store in dry bottle.
  • Refrigerate and use.


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