Nellikka Achar

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Steam the washed Nellikka on high flame (after water boils) for 12-14 mins or till it starts popping. Once it's cool enough to touch, slice them. Add salt to sliced Nellikka and let it cool completely…

Step 1 - Nellikka Achar
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Heat oil in a wide pan and crackle mustard seeds. Add sliced garlic and fry for a min. Add sliced Nellikka and cook them for 4-5 mins on low flame…

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Add all the powders and mixed well…

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After 2-3 mins, add boiled and cooled water. Bring it to boil and reduce flame. Add vinegar and salt, if required. Continue cooking till the water is almost dried and Nellikka pieces are coated well with the masala…

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Nellikka Achar
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Nellikka Achar

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Servings: 8 -10
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Nellikka (gooseberry)
  • 2 big cloves Garlic (sliced)
  • 2.5 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp Asafoetida (kayam)
  • a pinch Fenugreek powder (refer notes)
  • 1 cup Boiled & cooled water
  • 1.5 - 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard
  • Salt
  • Oil (I used Sunflower oil, refer notes)

Instructions

  • Steam the washed Nellikka on high flame (after water boils) for 12-14 mins or till it starts popping. Once it's cool enough to touch, slice them. Add salt to sliced Nellikka and let it cool completely.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan and crackle mustard seeds. Add sliced garlic and fry for a min. Add sliced Nellikka and cook them for 4-5 mins on low flame. Add all the powders and mix well. After 2-3 mins, add boiled and cooled water. Bring it to boil and reduce flame. Add vinegar and salt, if required. 
  • Continue cooking till the water is almost dried and Nellikka pieces are coated well with the masala. Do a final taste test and adjust the salt and vinegar and spice level, accordingly. Switch off the flame and let it cool completely. 
  • Bottle it in airtight container. Wait for a week, for the flavour to settle in, before you use it.
  • Make sure you store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store it for 3-5 months. For longer shelf life, pour heated and cooled oil on top of the pickle after bottling it.

Notes

You will get 1 std Jam bottle size pickle from the above qty.
You can add more fenugreek powder, if you prefer the taste. You can steam Nellikka in Microwave also. Steam on HIGH for 3-4 mins.
You can also use Sesame oil instead of Sunflower oil.
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7 thoughts on “Nellikka Achar”

  1. hi Maria,
    thanks for this wonderful recipe. I will definitely try this one. I have been wanting this recipe for a long time. thanks so much dear.
    one request, can you also post kerala style kadumanga pickle and vettu manga pickle. it would be of great help if you could post it :D

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    • Hi Yasmine,

      Hope you get to try this one soon and like it too. Though I’m not making any promises, I’ll try to get the other pickle recipes you’ve asked ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

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      • Made it today! Exccellent I must say :D
        For the first time my nellika pickle was superb. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Maria. Hoping to see the kaddu manga and vettu manga recipe from you soon :))

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        • Hi Yasmine,

          Thank you so much :) Really happy to know that it turned out well. Yeah I also hope to post those recipes sometime soon ;)

          Wish you a very Happy New Year!

          Cheers
          Maria

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