Usiri Avakaya | Nellikai Uragaya | Andhra Amla Achar

Usiri Avakaya or Pickled Indian Gooseberry or Amla Achar
Usiri Avakaya or Pickled Indian Gooseberry or Amla Achar

Winter is upon us and with it come lovely winter vegetables like Chukka Koora/Khatta Bhaji, Sweet Potatoes/Shakar Kand,  Purple Yam/Kand, Fresh Peas/Vatana…

One of my absolute favourite winter vegetables is Usirikaya/Amla/Indian Gooseberry. I can eat it pickled in brine, as Usirikaya Nilava Pachadi (Chutney), as a murrabba/jam, in a pappu or then as a pickle…..

This recipe is for the pickle called Usiri Avakaya in Telugu and Nellikai Urugai in Tamil.

How to Make Usiri Avakaya | Nellikai Urugai


  1. Usirikaya | Nellikai | Amla | Indian Gooseberry – 1/2 Kg
  2. Mustard Seeds – 50 gms
  3. Chilli Powder – 100 gms
  4. Salt – 60 gms
  5. Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tbsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
  8. Sesame Oil – 225 ml


  1. In a wok/kadai, dry roast the fenugreek seeds till they start to change color.
  2. Set aside the fenugreek seeds to cool.
  3. Grind the cooled, roasted fenugreek seeds to a fine powder.
  4. Grind the mustard seeds to a fine powder.
  5. Wipe each usirikaya with a soft cotton cloth to ensure it is dry.
  6. In a wok/kadai, over medium flame, heat the oil.
  7. Add the usirikaya to the hot oil.
  8. Over medium flame, fry the usirikaya for about 15 minutes till the usirikaya starts to soften. The usirikaya starts to crack open as it cooks and softens.
  9. Take the wok off the heat and let the usirikaya and oil cool completely.
  10. Add the asafoetida, mustard powder, fenugreek powder, salt, turmeric, and chilli powder.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Let the Usiri Avakaya cool completely.
  13. Transfer the uragai to a dry clean glass bottle.
  14. Let the Usiri Avakaya marinate for about 1 week before eating.
  15. Serve with Curd Rice or Warm Rice and Ghee.


  1. I love love love your food .even i am also from andhra (west godavari ),it always remembers me my mothers food thank you so much

    1. What an absolutely beautiful compliment! I am touched. Do let me know if there are any recipes you want me to try or post. Always looking for inspiration.

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