Nellikai Rice, Amla Rice, South Indian Gooseberry Rice Recipe

Nellikai Rice or Amla Rice is an easy No Onion No Garlic Rice recipe, great for lunch box with a side of vegetables.

Nellikai Rice, Amla Rice, South Indian Gooseberry Rice Recipe

I cannot ever get enough of cooking and eating rice varieties at home. Since Amla, Nellikai or Indian Gooseberry is currently in season in India, I thought of making the most by dishing out Nellikai Rice for lunch. An easy No Onion No Garlic Rice recipe, almost a close cousin of lemon rice that can be enjoyed for lunch or packed in lunch box as well. This recipe is a great way to include Amla in your diet besides the usual pickles.

All through my school life and graduation, my class mates used to love the lunch box I carried especially when Variety Rice was made by Ma. Lemon Rice and Coconut Rice topped the list.

Personally, Variety Rice is a life saver when it comes to busy schedules or simply when the refrigerator is not stocked up. Few ingredients, cooked rice and the lunch is ready. Be it a meal for one or a crowd, variety rice is easy to put together.

When Nellikai is in season, making this wholesome, tangy Nellikai Rice or Amla Rice is mandatory. It hardly takes any time, apart from the quick grating of the gooseberries.

Amla or Nellikai is usually turned into delicious pickles. I also make Nellikai Pachadi (South Indian Raita with Amla) using Curd and coconut. Pachadi is a great side dish for chapatis or parathas and ofcourse, rice too.

Delicious Amla Rice

This recipe is a great way to encourage kids to include Amla in their diet. Serve them a bowl of this rice and watch them gobble it up.

Why you should consume Amla – Health Benefits of Amla

  • A great source of Vitamin C
  • Helps in arresting Hair Fall and improves hair health
  • Increases Immunity
  • Diabetic Friendly
  • Great for skin health

Source

Nellikai Rice served with Curd

Step by Step Recipe to Make Nellikai Rice at home

  • Wash and Grate 4 nos. Nellikai or Amla and keep aside.
  • In a kadhai or a pan, add 2 tbsp Sesame oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp Chana Dal or Bengal Gram Dal.
  • Once Mustard crackles, add finely chopped green chillies, red chillies, curry leaves and a dash of hing or asafoetida.
  • Add turmeric powder and a tbsp of roasted groundnuts or peanuts. Saute well.
  • Add the grated amla and saute the mixture until the amla has absorbed the oil and is slightly dry.
  • Now, add the cooked rice with salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

Note – Usually any Variety Rice doesn’t need a side dish. It is mostly eaten with a bowl of curd, papad or a side of vegetables.

Recipe Notes

  • The recipe uses short grain Wada Kolam Rice. You can use any rice variety that is available in your kitchen pantry.
  • The recipe is Vegan but not gluten free as it contains Asafoetida or Hing. Skip the ingredient to make it gluten free. 
  • Sesame oil adds flavour to the rice dish. You can use any neutral oil instead of sesame oil. 
  • Use green chillies and red chillies according to your spice tolerance. 
  • I have added groundnuts, you can also add some cashews too. In case of cashews, saute them along with the tempering. 
  • I tend to add / use more turmeric powder for my recipes. You can alter the quantity as per your requirements and preferences. 
  • If you do not have access to fresh Amla or Indian Gooseberry, you can use frozen one too
Nellikai Rice or Nellikai Sadam Recipe

Nellikai Rice, Amla Rice, South Indian Gooseberry Rice Recipe

Nellikai Rice or Amla Rice is an easy No Onion No Garlic Rice recipe, great for lunch box with a side of vegetables. Vegan Rice Recipe with step by step pics.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu Recipes
Keyword: Amla Recipes, Amla Rice, Indian Gooseberry recipes, Nellikai Rice, Nellikai Sadam, South Indian Rice Variety
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Vidya Narayan

Ingredients

  • 4 nos Amla or Indian Gooseberry
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Groundnuts
  • 2 cups Cooked Rice 1 cup is 200 ml measurement – Any short grain rice
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds or Rai
  • 1/2 tsp Chana Dal
  • Chopped Green Chillies as required
  • 1-2 nos Whole Red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • A pinch of Asafoetida or hing
  • Few Curry Leaves as required
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and Grate 4 nos. Nellikai or Amla and keep aside.
  • In a kadhai or a pan, add 2 tbsp Sesame oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp Chana Dal or Bengal Gram Dal.
  • Once Mustard crackles, add finely chopped green chillies, red chillies, curry leaves and a dash of hing or asafoetida.
  • Add turmeric powder and a tbsp of roasted groundnuts or peanuts. Saute well.
  • Add the grated amla and saute the mixture until the amla has absorbed the oil and is slightly dry.
  • Now, add the cooked rice with salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • The recipe is Vegan but not gluten free as it contains Asafoetida or Hing. Skip the ingredient to make it gluten free. 
  • Sesame oil adds flavour to the rice dish. You can use any neutral oil instead of sesame oil. 
  • Use green chillies and red chillies according to your spice tolerance. 
  • I have added groundnuts, you can also add some cashews too. In case of cashews, saute them along with the tempering. 
  • I tend to add more turmeric powder for my recipes. You can alter the quantity as per your requirements and preferences. 
  • If you do not have access to fresh Amla or Indian Gooseberry, you can use frozen one too. 

Side Dish Suggestions for Nellikai Rice

Potato Roast – A quick stir fry with baby potatoes and Indian Spices, this is a sheer treat with all variety rice recipes. A personal favourite at home too. Use less spices when making for kids.

Beans Carrot Thoran – An easy, light, loaded with coconut and sweet bits of carrots makes this vegetable recipe a great side dish for Nellikai Rice. Add a bowl of curd for a complete meal.

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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