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Monday, October 5, 2015

Nellikai sadam
Nellikai, amla or Indian gooseberry rice is healthy, delicious as well as easy to prepare rice. Made with the big variety amla. We always make neer nellikai, thayir pachadi with this one. Recently tried pickle with this nellikai and now, recently when I was chaating with my friend Suji, she told me she made nellikai sadam and I thought I too should try making rice and post it here too. Got some fresh amla in Mustafa and made it. I remember once I have tried making rice with arai nellikkai, but this is the first time I make it with periya nellikai. My MIL makes nellikkai thogayal by grinding nellikai with green chilli and tamarind. I thought I will try the same combo in rice but by grating the amla and replacing tamarind with lemon (idea adapted from Kamala’s corner). I loved this rice like any other variety rice and going to make often. On a different note, was very happy to see Rak’s kitchen topping the list in this infographic on ”Top 50 Food blogs In India”

Nellikai sadam recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time5 mins    |  Cook time: 10 mins     serves: 2


Cooked rice – 2 cups

Nellikai/ amla – 4

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida – A pinch

Salt – As needed

To temper

Ghee/ sesame oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard – 3/4 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Chana dal – 1 tbsp

Ground nuts – 2 tbsp

Green chillies – 5

Curry leaves – A sprig

Asafoetida – A generous pinch


  1. Pressure cook rice and cool down with little salt and a tsp of oil/ ghee. This makes the grains separate. Grate amla in a fine grater. Heat kadai and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table in order.
  2. 1-grate
  3. Once the dal, nuts turns golden, add grated amla and fry for a minute in medium flame.
  4. 2-fry
  5. Add required salt, asafoetida and mix well. Switch off the flame, add lemon juice and mix well.
  6. 3-lemon
  7. Add cooked rice and mix well. Transfer to the serving bowl.
  8. 4-ready


    • My amlas were very big, so I used just 3. Adjust green chilli as per the spice level u require and the chilli’s nature.
    • Make sure ground nut is fried in low flame to ensure even cooking and gets crisp.
    • Ghee and smesame oil works best for this rice.
    • You can replace groundnut with cashew nuts.

I had it with keerai kootu and some fried vadam. You can have it with mix veg kootu also.

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  1. It's looks good and healthy. Surely I will try and update.

  2. It's looks good and healthy. Surely I will try and update.

  3. congrats on being chosen as the top blog... the amla rice looks super flavorful...

  4. Hi Raji...Hearty congratulations on your blog being chosen as the top blog...you deserve it for your dedicated efforts and amazing photography skills. Wish you many more to come. .

  5. Even my aunt ll prepare in d same way.. delicious

  6. Even my aunt ll prepare in d same way.. delicious

  7. Congrats raks...well deserved :)

  8. You Arabitta sauce is very nice. I tried last weekend, my kids like that very much.Thank you for this nice receipe

  9. Congrats raks! Way to go

  10. Congrats raks! Way to go

  11. Hearty Congrats Raji!! God bless you!! :) Bookmarked for lunch tomorrow ;)

  12. Congrats Rak on being chosen as the top blog in India. ..love yr recipes..

  13. Congrats Raks...Nellikai sadam looks so good and delicious, nice clicks

  14. Congrats Raks
    Well deserved 😀

  15. Congrats rak, lunch superb I have bookmarked.

  16. Congrts Raks:-) amla Sadam looks simple and yum..

  17. I made this last week. The taste was awesome with baby corn pepper fry. Thanks for giving such a tasty and healthy receipe

  18. Raks my cashews changed colour after i added lemon

  19. Raks my cashews changed colour after i added lemon


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