Nellikai Sadam, Amla Rice, Indian Gooseberry Rice

amla rice, nellikai sadam, gooseberry rice

Today I am here with Amla rice recipe. Amla is called Periya Nellikai in Tamil and also known as Indian Gooseberry. Amla is famous for its health benefits such as controlling blood sugar level, reducing cholesterol level, improving eye sight, acting as a blood purifier, curing insomnia etc., I wanted to include Amla in our diet and got it from Indian store nearby with an idea of eating it as it is. When we were kids, we used to eat amla which will be bitter and then drink water, which will give a sweet after taste. But my kids didn’t enjoy it. Then this Amla rice came to my mind and I tried it and they loved it. They finished it without any complaints. This is a quick and easy to prepare tasty rice recipe and it is perfect for packing lunch too.

amla rice, nellikai sadam, gooseberry rice

How to make Amla rice / Nellikai Sadam?

First cook rice and keep it aside. Then grate amla.  Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when they sputter add channa dal, peanuts, red chillies and curry leaves and fry till channa dal and peanuts are roasted. Then add asafoetida, turmeric powder and grated amla and cook for a minute. Then turn off the heat. Now add the cooked rice along with required salt, mix well and serve it warm.

amla rice, nellikai sadam, gooseberry rice

Preparing Amla rice/ Nellikai Sadam with step by step pictures

Amla Rice, Gooseberry Rice, Nellikai Sadam


Nellikai Sadam

Quick and easy to prepare rice made with Indian gooseberries.
Category : Rice Varieties
Recipe Developed, Cooked and Clicked by :
Published : September 28, 2016
Prep time : 10 mins; Cook time : 10 mins; Total time : 20 mins
Yield : 3 servings


Ingredients :

  • Amla / Nellikai : 1 Cup (grated)
  • Cooked Rice : 3 – 3 1/2 Cup
  • Oil : 2 Teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Channa dal : 1 Teaspoon
  • Peanuts : 2 Tablespoons
  • Red Chillies : 2 nos.
  • Curry leaves : 1 Sprig
  • Asafoetida : one pinch
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Salt : To taste

Instructions :

  1. Grate Amla / Nellikai and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil and when they sputter, add channa dal, peanuts, red chillies and curry leaves. Fry till channa dal and peanuts are roasted.
  3. Add asafoetida, turmeric powder, and grated amla, mix well and cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
  4. Then add the cooked rice, required salt, mix well and serve.

Notes :

  • I grated 5 amlas to get 1 cup required for the recipe.
  • Instead of red chillies, green chillies can be used too.
  • I have used gingelly oil here and I recommend it for this recipe. However you can replace it with other cooking oil too.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of grated ginger for additional flavour.
  • Adjust the quantity of rice used as per your taste. I used about 3 1/2 cup of rice for this recipe. However, if you want strong amla taste, then use 3 cup.


amla rice, nellikai sadam, gooseberry rice

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12 Comments

  1. Wow such an delicious rice and so very well explained divya 🙂 I love the way to you put pictorials and explain a simple dish too so well ..

  2. Yep.,the best part of eating Amla is drinking water at the end…tastes so sweet and good rt? 🙂
    Here, we don’t get fresh gooseberries, but whenever i find it I am going to try this rice for sure. Looks so tempting!

  3. yummy flavourful rice preparation .. nellikai saadham asathala irrukku. Divya, can u suggest any side dish [stir fry or thokku] for this preparation ?

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