Amla Raita Recipe – Gooseberry Raita – Nellikai Thayir pachadi

Amla Raita – Gooseberry Raita – Nellikai Thayir pachadi

Amla Raita – Goosberry Raita – Nellikai Thayir Pachadi is a simple curd-based gravy made from amla, curd and shredded coconut. This raita would be very tangy, tasty and extremely healthy. This is one of the good accompaniments for spicy briyani varieties and pulao. I like it with Sambhar rice also. 🙂

Raita / Raitha are Indian curd (Yogurt) based gravies that are served as accompaniments for dishes like Briyani, Pulao, Chapati, Parotta and a few other spicy dishes. Onion Raita is the most common raita that is served in most restaurants. Raitas can be sweet or spicy or tangy based on the ingredients we use. Raitas can be prepared from gooseberry (amla), onions, okra (bhindi), garlic (Garlic Raita is my personal favorite :)) etc.

Amla Raita Recipe - Indian Gooseberry Raita - Nellikai Thayir pachadi - Andhra Nellika Pachdi Recipe - Home-Making-Delight

Amla Raita Recipe – Indian Gooseberry Raita – Home-Making-Delight

Amla is so rich in vitamin C and good for health, skin and hair. But, it’s sweet and sour taste may not be appealing to everyone’s taste when taken raw. I used to consume an amla (cooked amla) everyday and it had a great impact on my health. 🙂 Just to add amla to my diet, I have been preparing amla juice, amla chutney, amla raita etc. I am mostly using the big gooseberries (periya nellikkai) in my cooking, as we don’t get small ones (Siru nellikkai or arai nellikka). But, the small ones would be extremely delicious and I just love the siru nelikkai pickle. Let me see whether I could get my hands on those small gooseberries and make pickle out of it and post for you guys. 🙂 For now, over to amla raita recipe from Home-making delight with step by step photos.

Health Benefits of Amla juice – Indian gooseberry – Nellikai:

  1. Amla raita is so rich in vitamin C which helps in boosting up the immune system.
  2. It is rich in anti-oxidants that is good for hair growth and protects skin from aging.
  3. Gooseberry keeps the bone healthy and strengthens nail and tooth.
  4. Regular consumption of Nellaikai would flush the toxins out of the body.
  5. Helps in increasing the blood hemoglobin level. Amla is good for diabetic people as it maintains the blood sugar level.
  6. Because of its medicinal properties, nellika is widely used in Ayurveda.

Amla Raita Recipe – Gooseberry Raita – Nellikai Thayir pachadi Recipe

Amla Raita| Indian Gooseberry Raita| Nellikai Pachadi | Nellika-Curd Raita| Ambala pachdi | Andhra Amlaka pachadi | Amlaki Raita| Nelli thayir pachadi | Usirikayi gravy

Ingredients:

Amla – 2
Curd – 3/4 cup
Salt – as needed
Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Green chilly – half (Optional)
Cilantro – 1 tsp (chopped)

Preparation Method:

  1. Wash and cut the amla into pieces and deseed.Indian gooseberry juice Recipe - Amla juice - Nellikai Saaru - Home-Making-Delight
  2. Grind it well along with green chilly in a mixer grinder. Beat the curd well and keep it aside.

    Amla Raita Recipe - Indian Gooseberry Raita - Nellikai Thayir pachadi - Andhra Nellika Pachdi Recipe - Home-Making-Delight

    Amla Raita Recipe

  3. Grate the coconut and add this along with ground gooseberry to curd. Add salt and mix well.

    Amla Raita Recipe - Indian Gooseberry Raita - Nellikai Thayir pachadi - Andhra Nellika Pachdi Recipe - Home-Making-Delight

    Nellikai Thayir pachadi

  4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Turn off once it splutters. Add this to your gooseberry raita along with oil. Mix well.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, Serve your tangy and healthy Nellikai Thayir Pachadi – Amla Raita chilled as a side dish to Spicy Briyani/ Sambhar Rice or Bisibelabath / Pudina rice.

    Amla Raita Recipe - Indian Gooseberry Raita - Nellikai Thayir pachadi - Andhra Nellika Pachdi Recipe - Home-Making-Delight

    Amla Raita Recipe – Indian Gooseberry Raita – Nellikai Thayir pachadi

Notes:

  1. People suffer from asthma or those who tend to catch cold easily should refrain from consuming amla often.
  2. Adding ground cilantro would add more flavor to amla raita.
  3. You can add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder to the oil while sauteing.
  4. You can skip green chillies and 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder, if you like.

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