Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita

If you like tangy pachadis then Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita will be just up your alley.  I had an elaborate set of posts planned for Onam but the Mumbai deluge and my work schedule had other plans. What is that they say about best laid plans of mice and men…. ? 🙂

Nellikai Thayir Pachadi
Nellikai Thayir Pachadi

Anyway, back to my recipe of the day, this simple yogurt-based dish is tangy, cooling and loaded with nutrition. It is one of the most delicious ways in which you can savour the Indian Gooseberry (called Amla in Hindi, Usirikaya in Telugu, and Nellikai in Tamil).

Amla is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C that you will ever find, and this year, much to my delight I am finding the fruit even as late as August; so here I am with the recipe for Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita that can be a delicious part of Onam Sadya.


Read more about the health benefits of Amla | Nellikai | Usirikaya.


If you like the Indian Gooseberry, do try these recipes: Usirikaya Pachadi, Usiri Avakai | Nellikai Urugaya, and Usirikaya Pulihora | Nellikai Sadam.
Here is a collection of recipes for Onam Sadya.

Amla Raita | Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi
Amla Raita | Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi

Recipe for Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita

Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

I am presenting is recipe for Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita as a part of my Onam Sadya series. It is a great way to enjoy the Vitamin C-rich Indian Gooseberry.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Keyword: Amla Raita, Nellikai Thayir Pachadi, Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 4 Large Gooseberries, Amla, Usirikaya, Nellikai About 90 gms
  • 1/3 Cup Yogurt, Dahi, Thayir, Perugu
  • 2-3 tbsp Grated Coconut I used coconut pieces
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • Salt to Taste
For Tempering
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Udad Dal
  • A Few Curry Leaves
Instructions
Making Nellikai Thayir Pachadi
  1. Beat the yogurt. Set aside.

  2. Cut the amla into large pieces; discard the seed.

  3. Using a little water, grind together the amla pieces, coconut, salt, and green chillies to a fine paste. 

  4. Mix together the beaten yogurt and the amla paste.

Tempering the Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita
  1. Heat the coconut oil.

  2. Add the mustard seeds.

  3. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the udad dal and fry till it is golden brown.

  4. Add the curry leaves.

  5. Add the tempering to the Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita.

  6. Mix well.

How to Make Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita

  1. Mix the yogurt till it is smooth and set aside for later use.
  2. Now chop the gooseberry into large pieces and throw away the seed.
  3. Add the amla pieces, coconut, salt, and green chillies to the chutney grinder.
  4. Using a little water, grind into a smooth paste.
  5. Remove the ground paste into a small vessel and add the beaten yogurt.
  6. Mix well.
  7. In a ladle, heat the coconut oil.
  8. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  9. Next, add the udad dal and stir-fry till the dal turns golden brown.
  10. Take the tempering off the heat and add the curry leaves. Mix well.
  11. Now add this tempering to the Nellikai Thayir Pachadi | Usirikaya Perugu Pachadi | Amla Raita.
  12. Mix well.
  13. Enjoy!
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