Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nellikai Sadham / Indian Gooseberry Rice / Amla Rice – Lunchbox special #RecipeRedux

    The theme for April 2016 

     Limpin’ Along for Lunch
Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question head-on with creative ideas. Please share your healthy lunch recipe - so we can swap it into our own rotation.

     Any rice preparation will be the choice for our lunchboxes. Be it a onepot rice or a plain rice with sided like curry , stirfry and yogurt.

 We south indians prefer rice over any other meal. This rice is a simple fried rice with the addition of Indian Gooseberry to add the taste and flavour to the rice. I want to post this rice preparation as it was simple and quick fix lunch recipe.

Nellikai as the gooseberry is known in Tamil is the wonder fruit and ancient fruit known. In the Tamil Literature it was described as the Gooseberry will gives long life and a King gave this wonder fruit to Avvaiyar , a great Tamil Poet.

 This fruit is rich in Vitamin C and has anti-aging property. As we have the Indian Gooseberry Tree / Arinellikai in our garden , this rice is common during the fruit bearing season.

  This rice is tasty and can be prepared in a jiffy if you have cooked rice in hand. This will be excellent dish for lunchboxes and during travel. As the summer has started in India , many will plan for a short trip , most of them carry packed lunch.

  I had used the small type gooseberry in this rice , big Indian gooseberry can be used.

Requirements :
Indian gooseberry – ½ cup (Grated )
Cooked plain rice – 2 cup
Oil – 1 tbs
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Onion – 1 small
Green chilli – 2
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Salt  - ½ tsp
Curry leaves a sprig

Method :

          Take a handful of gooseberries wash and pat dry.   Use a grater to grate the flesh  and discard the seeds .

 If you like sour taste can include more gooseberries.
Peel and chop the onion. Chop the green chillies.

Heat oil in a pan , add the mustard seeds and let it crackle .
Add the chopped onion and green chillies , sauté till the onion turns translucent .
Add in the curry leaves and grated gooseberries, mix well.

Add the turmeric powder , salt and sauté for 2 minutes.
Now , add the rice and give it a quick stir  / toss on medium flame .

Let the rice to heat up for 2 minutes.
Take flame and serve along with any pickle of your choice.

Gooseberry rice is ready to serve.


  1. I never tried gooseberries. What do they taste like by themselves?

    1. I used the small variety of Indian gooseberry , it is a common tree in many south Indian homes. It will be less sour than the large variety of gooseberry.

  2. This rice sounds delicious! I've never had Indian gooseberries before - are they sweet? I do have a curry leaf tree though, so I can partially imagine how delicious this rice would be! I'm going to look for Indian gooseberries at the Indian store in my town, you've got me curious to try this :)

    1. Thanks Kyra . The gooseberries will be slightly sour. You must make and taste the rice.