October 4, 2012

Quick Amla Pickle | Gooseberry pickle

Pickles and Indian food are an ubiquitous combo. Eaten with Rotis or Parathas or steamed rice, this particular condiment - Pickle - is an accompaniment in every Indian Thali. My idea of pickle is instant, quick and spicy. Although S does swear by Maavadu (baby mango pickle in brine) or even Narthangai (unripe citron) varieties, my personal favourites are QuickMango pickle, Cucumber Pickle and today's post - Quick Amla Pickle. 

Needless to say, mom makes these, and I get to post them. Although it tastes equally good in tamarind brine, soaking these beauties in lemon juice and tempering them with freshly ground spices is a heaven by itself. So, without much ado, lets get to the recipe. Thanks to mom for the recipe. 

This pickle keeps for around 3 - 6 months under refrigeration. The quantities indicated below are for 150 gms of ready pickle (~ 125 gms of Indian gooseberry / Amla is used). Spice can vary according to the palate.

Prep time - 30 mins
Cook time - Nil
Difficulty level - Medium
Makes - 150 gms of Pickle, can be kept for 3 - 6 months under refrigeration
  • Amla / Indian Gooseberry - 125 gms (or 4 to 5 large ones)
  • Red chilli powder - 3 TBSP
  • Rock Salt - 4 to 5 TBSP
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds - 1 TBSP
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 TBSP

Wash and pat dry the Amla. Cut into quarters deseeding the core
Dry roast the fenugreek and mustard seeds separately. Keep aside
Dry roast the red chilli powder and turmeric powder one by one on a medium flame for 10 - 15 seconds each. Reserve aside.
Powder the fenugreek and mustard seeds separately in a spice grinder (or preferably a pestle mortar) with the salt.
In a large dry bowl, add the quartered Amla. To this, add the ground spice powder and the roasted chilli powder and turmeric powder.
Add salt and lemon juice and mix well.
Leave aside for 1 - 2 days, mixing every 4 - 6 hours.
On the 3rd day, serve with hot steamed rice or even Curd Rice


  1. Delicious mouth watering pickle..

  2. Lipsmacking pickle, seriously looks fabulous.

  3. We also make Amla subzi which is more like pickle but that is with amla and green chillies. Recipe is there on blog. Do visit I am sure you would love it.

  4. good one kalyani;my mom makes something similar

  5. SS mouthwatering nellikkkay uurukaay kalyaani

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