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Amla Rice / Nellikkai Sadam

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I love Amla (fruit) and eat at least one daily. We have Amla trees in our farm and whenever my parents visit us, they bring a small sack full of Amlas. I often prepare Amla Juice. Whenever it is not possible to prepare Amla juice, I simply cut and eat it.

As it is available in plentiful, my mom used to prepare few recipes using it . This Amla Rice is one among them. This rice recipe is very easy to prepare. It tastes similar to lemon rice and you’ll get a slightly sweet taste after eating it. Those who like Amla/Gooseberry will definitely like this rice too.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2


Cooked rice – 3 cups, separate into grains and cooled
Amla / Nellikkai / Gooseberry – 3 nos or 1/2 cup, grated
Green chilli / Dry red chilli – 3-4 nos, slit into two
Curry leaves – 1 string
Oil – 3 teaspoons
Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Channa Dal – 1/2 teaspoon
Roasted peanuts – 3 tablespoons
Asafoetida – a pinch
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander leaves – for garnishing


1) Heat oil in a frying pan / kadai. When it is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
2) Add curry leaves, channa dal, roasted peanuts, asafoetida, slit green chillies. Fry till the channa dal becomes golden brown colour.

3) Add the grated amla followed by salt and turmeric. Mix well and cook the Amla. Note that it is not required to completely cook the Amla.
4) Give a very good toss. When the raw smell of turmeric goes away, add the cooked rice and gently mix it. Lower the flame to avoid burning.

5) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

1) Leftover rice can also be used for this recipe. If you are using hot rice, fluff the rice using fork and mix gingerly oil with the rice. Allow it to cool to room temperature before you mix it with Amla.
2) If Amla is not very sour, then increase the grated Amla to 3/4 cup for 3 cups of rice.

3) Add 1/8th teaspoon of fenugreek seeds /powder if you like it.

4) Increase or decrease the red chilli/green chilli count as per your taste.

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Hamaree Rasoi

Simply wonderful and healthy rice.Loved the look of it.

Menaga Sathia

Me too prepared this rice,love the tangy n healthy rice!!


very healthy preparation,yummy!!
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Divya A

Looks like amla biryani..Well prepared dear ๐Ÿ™‚
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Oh boy, tat looks so tempting. Pass me that bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

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wow… delicious and flavorful rice… mouth watering…


wow this looks so good, super inviting

Amuthis Kitchen

Nellikai Rice looks tempting and delicious

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi

simply wow! such a refreshing and healthy dish. now that you have posted it am really really craving for it. love cut amla with salt and pepper.

Reshmi Mahesh

Refreshing taste here…Loved the way the rice is made..looks yum..

Sangeetha Nambi

Real healthy and innovative rice..

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very healthy rice..


my favourite


I can smell the aroma of amla….wow


wow awesome rice….miss these so much…
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Amla is so rich in vitamin c – its so healthy to eat one a day !! Unfortunately we don't get any fresh amala thus side if the world !! I love the pickle too, but never had amla rice sounds interesting !


Love the use of amla in such a lovely way


Tempting and healthy too.
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