Star Gooseberry Pickle/ Nellikkai Urukkai

>> Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Me and hubby are not a great fan of pickles. Rather we don't even have any pickles at our home. But I planned to make some pickle for CMT - Pickle event guest hosted by Nivedita started by Jagruthi. In that process, I had a chance to find some star gooseberries in my near by Chinese store. Its very rare to find such stuff here..

This star gooseberry or commonly know as Chinna nellikkai in Tamil can be easily found in my place in India. I used to love it for it tanginess and its mild sweetness. It will taste great by itself with some salt and chllily powder or it can be made into pickes or jams. This kind of gooseberry is different from the usual gooseberry both in appearance and taste. Usual gooseberry has the inbuilt bitter taste and hence pickling of it will take more time than star gooseberry.

Things needed for Pickle
Star gooseberry - 1 Cup ( Washed and dried)
Salt - To taste
Oil - 3 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 Tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Amchur powder - 1 Tbsp (Dried mango powder)
Red chilly powder - 1 Tsp
Tumeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
Dry pickle masala powder - 2 Tbsp

Things needed for pickle masala powder
Mustard seeds/ Kadugu - 1 Tbsp
Methi seeds/ Fenugreek/ Venthayam - 1 Tbsp
Dry red chilly - 2 nos.
Hing/ Perungayam - 1/2 Tsp ( Powdered)

First make the pickle masala by dry roasting all the ingredients listed under 'for masala powder' until golden brown and grind it into a fine powder. Some many prefer coarser texture of this masala powder in the pickles. So fine or coarse powder is our choice.

Now heat oil in a pan and let it turn fuming hot. At this stage add in all the ingredients listed under 'for pickle' except gooseberry and turn off the heat. Once all the masala powder are well mixed, add in the gooseberry and adjust for salt. Yummy, tangy, simple pickle is ready to be enjoyed with rice or chapathi. It tasted great with curd rice...
I have used amchur powder for extra tanginess. It can also be relaced with some lime juice or vinegar if needed. I got this idea of amchur powder from Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes in one of her recent pickle recipes.

8 comments:

Jolene - EverydayFoodie October 19, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

Not great fans of pickles!!!!!!!!??? Oh the horror!!!! LOL :-)

Satya October 19, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

tung tickling pickle ...yummy

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

aipi October 20, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

Gooseberry pickle looks irresistible..feel like tasting some now..slurpp!

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Jacqueline October 20, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

That sounds really good. My mum loves gooseberries, although she calls them goosegogs, which I rather like :)

Swathi October 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

Goose berry pickle looks delicious.

veena krishnakumar October 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

They look soooo tempting

Yummy Team October 20, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

I am a huge fan of pickles..Love this mouth watering goose berry pickle..Tempting clicks!!

Padma October 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Can't resist gooseberry... and this looks mouthwatering.

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