Saturday, August 14, 2010


Gooseberry is an indigenous plant found in Asian countries & Europe. It is called nellikai in Tamil & Malayalam and amla in Hindi. Gooseberry is rich in vitamin-c & antioxidants. It is used in ayurvedic medicine because of its curative properties. It is used in cosmetic products also. Elders say that eating a gooseberry is equal to eating an apple. This is a very simple & delicious recipe i learnt from my mother in law.

Preparation Time: 10 mts Cooking Time: 10 mts Serves: 3-4


Gooseberry (nellikai) - 100 gms
Green chili - 3 nos
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Fresh curd (yogurt, thair) - 1 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Refined oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste


Boil the nellikai with enough water & salt. When ready, break it open & remove the seeds. Grind the nellikai, green chilies, ginger & salt together in a mixer. Make it in to a smooth paste. Put the paste in a bowl & add the curd & salt if needed. In a pan, heat the oil & fry the mustard seeds. Pour it on top of the pachadi. Nellikai thair pachadi is ready.


We can add some coconut also along with the other ingredients while grinding. But i prefer it without the coconut because it will change the taste of the pachadi.


  1. While boiling the nellikai, add a pinch of turmeric powder to the water. This will give it a nice flavour & shine.
  2. Boil it whole so that it'll b easy to remove the seeds.

Try it & enjoy.


  1. I have never had this at my home. Will inform my mom and I too will try it out :)
    Gr8 recipe, Aunty !Instead of eating Chavanprash all the time, can replace it at times with this healthy pacchadi:)

  2. I tried this pacchadi today, Aunty. Tastes divine. Thanks a lot, will make it more often now.