Sunday, 28 September 2014

Nellikai Sadam(Amla Rice)-Navarathri Recipes(Day 3)

Third day of Navarathri –Nellikai Sadam(Amla Rice)

It’s a simple lunch box recipe. We got to prepare many variety of rice in the fast world where people opt mostly the fatty junk foods. Actually I loved this Amla rice when I tasted in one of the Amman temple in Bangalore. It was really tasting good. Gooseberry is a nutritious vegetable which is rich in Vitamin C, A. It is known as Amla in Hindi and Nellikai in Tamil. Gooseberry is used widely in Indian cooking and it is also known for its medicinal value. This amla rice is a very simple rice variety and it will just take less than 10 minutes to make this, if we have cooked rice. So whenever I find any such rice items that suit my lunch boxes, I try them.

 I offer this Amla rice as a prasadam for this Navarathri season.




Prep time

Cook time


10 mins

15 mins

2 persons


Cuisine:  Karnataka (Rice variety)





Recipe Video Link 


1. Wash the gooseberries and shred it. Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter then add urad dal, channa dal. Let it fry until it turns into golden brown colour.On the other hand, grind green chillies and ginger. Keep it aside. (Optional).I actually sauté green chillies (slit lengthwise) and grated ginger.



 2. Add cashews and wait till turns golden brown.Now add peas and shredded gooseberry (amla) and turmeric powder. Allow it to fry over low flame until the water content is gone. 



3. Add salt, curry leaves and asafetida and mix well. Let it cook for 2 minutes and turn off the stove.



4. Add the cooked and cooled rice to the prepared mix add and combine well. The gooseberry rice is ready to serve with papad or any poriyal (stir fried vegetables).




  • Some of them like to add roasted peanuts which gives extra taste to this amla rice.
  • No need to add lemon juice because already it has the sour flavor in nature.
  • Addition of coriander leaves is purely optional.


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