Aug 1, 2019

Gooseberry Rice/ Nellikai Rice/ Amla Rice

Amlas are a classic Indian wonderberry, and  It is exceptionally tart, astringent, and refreshing.
Amla is a great source of Vitamin C as well as antioxidants known as polyphenols that are believed to combat and protect against cancer causing free radicals. It also aids in strengthening immunity, detoxing liver, keeping cholesterol in check and treating diabetes.
Nellikkai Rice is a very simple vegan rice preparation, made in the same lines of lemon rice. Try this very simple, tangy and spicy rice I am sure you will love it.

Preparation Time     :    10 Minutes                   

Cooking Time                 25 Minutes
Recipe Category        :    Rice varieties - Main Course
Serves                       :     3 No.


Cooked Basmati/ Sona Masoori Rice           2 Cups (Grainy in Texture)
Grated Frozen Nellikkai / Fresh Amla          2No
Turmeric Powder                                      ½ Teaspoon
Salt                                                        To Taste

Ingredients to grind Coarsely

Grated Coconut                         ½ Cup
 Green Chillies                            3 to 4 nos.                 
Grated Ginger                             1 Teaspoon
 Chopped Frozen Amla                 5 No.
Salt                                            a Pinch
Chopped Coriander leaves            1 Tablespoon

Seasoning / Tadka

Coconut Oil                                1 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds                            1  Teaspoon
Urad dal                                     1/2 Tablespoon
Chenna dal                                 1 Tablespoon
Asafetida Powder                        ¼ Teaspoon
Curry Leaves                               5 nos.


  • Spread the cooked rice in a plate a and keep it aside.

  • Grind Coarsely with chopped gooseberry and fresh coconut, with all other grind ingredients .

  •  Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds asafetida. When they crackle, add all other seasoning ingredients roast till it becomes slightly brown. Add shredded gooseberry , coarsely ground gooseberry coconut mixture.

  • Add salt and turmeric powder. Cook this in a low flame till it turns nice color and until the water content is gone. 
  • Add the cooked and cooled rice to the prepared mix add and combine well.
  • Serve with Pappad, Pachadi, Raitha.


  • In USA , fresh Gooseberries is not available. So I used frozen Amlas. You can use Fresh Amlas.
  • Leftover rice can also be used for this recipe. Here I used Basmati rice if you want you can use normal rice.
  • Amla cooks easily so don’t sauté for more time.

Tit bits

Gooseberry oil helps to stop hair fall.

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