Friday, 16 March 2012

Amla Pachadi (Nellikai/gooseberry Pachadi)

Amla Pachadi (Nellikai/gooseberry Pachadi)

At one point this winter I was looking for multiple sources of vitamin C and amla (gooseberry/nellikai) is rich in it. I knew my grandmother would make a pachadi (raita) with it so got the recipe from her and tried it. Needless to say, it came out well. I kept it for couple of days and had with few variety rice. Amla is supposed to fortify the liver, balance stomach acids, nourishes the brain, helps urinary system, good for skin and hair, cools the body among many other benefits. Amla is usually available in fresh and dry form and both are said to be nutritive. Amla is also said to be able to stimulate isolated group of cells that secrete hormone insulin thus reducing blood sugar in diabetics. Here is the recipe…

5-6 gooseberries
1 teaspoon channa dal
½ teaspoon urd dal
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 green chilly
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1-2 cup yogurt
Few curry leaves
Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Cooking oil

Boil the gooseberries in water until done. Remove the seeds and mash them

Heat little oil and roast the channa dal, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, urd dal one after another, keep aside to cool and grind to powder

Heat little oil and add the mustard seeds, once it splutters, add turmeric powder, asafoetida, green chilly, curry leaves and add the ground powder and fry briefly

Add this to the mashed gooseberries, add yogurt, required salt and mix well


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