Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Usirikaya Pulihora | Amla Rice Recipe

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usirikaya pulihora
Amla(known as 'usirikaya' in telugu and 'nellikai' in tamil and kannada) is rich in vitamin C and is very essential to include it in our diet frequently.During amla season I usually buy them in bulk and prepare Niluva Usirikaya Pacchadi and store it upto an year so that I can prepare Amla Pacchadi or Amla rice with it.Usirikaya Pulihora(Amla rice) is one of those easy rice varieties which can be made in jiffy and it tastes delicious too.It is a good lunch box option too.
nellikai chitranna
Check out other Pulihora variety recipes in my blog here.
amla rice

Amla(Gooseberry) Rice | Usirikaya Pulihora | Nellikai Chitranna:
Serves 2
Prep time:5 mins | Cooking time:30 mins | Total time:35 mins+cooling time
Cuisine: South Indian | Category: Rice varieties - Main Course

1 cup Rice (sona masoori or equivalent)
15 Gooseberries or 3-4 tbsp Niluva Usirikaya pacchadi
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
10-12 Green Chillies
8-10 Cashew nuts,broken
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
10-12 Curry leaves
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

  • Wash and soak the rice for 10 to 15 minutes with 2 cups of water.Prepare the rice either in pressure cooker or rice cooker.Cool the rice completely.
  • Remove the seeds from amlas and cut them in to fine pieces.
  • Slit the green chillies into 2 pieces and keep them ready.
  • Heat oil in a big thick kadai and crackle mustard seeds.Add chana dal,urad dal and cashew nuts and fry until they turn light golden in color.
  • Add slit green chillies,curry leaves and fry well.
  • Add chopped amla pieces and fry for 2-3 mins.Add turmeric powder and mix.Cover it and cook for 6-8 minutes until it is cooked on low flame.Cool the mixture completely.Mash the cooked amla mixture gently with hands to form a pulpy mix.If you are using niluva usirikaya pacchadi,add it and sprinkle some water and let it cook in steam for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice to the mashed amla mixture and add enough salt and mix nicely.Adjust the seasoning according to your taste buds.
Serve it with chips/fryums or sliced cucumber.

amla rice
  1. I used niluva usirikaya pacchadi(stored ground amla mixture) which we use for making pacchadi instead of amlas in the recipe.You need to cook the amla for sometime otherwise it will taste slightly bitter.
  2. Adjust the number of green chillies in the recipe accordingly.I prefer to make this rice spicy and tangy.
     gooseberry rice


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Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious prathy :)

Mythreyi said...

I have tried different versions of Pulihora but never tried with Amla. Nice Idea and Lovely dish.. will try your version soon...

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Unknown said...

wow awesome and flavorful rice....
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Akila said...

Looks so inviting

Janani said...

I am just drooling here looks so good.

divya said...

Simply stunning and inviting.

Divya Shivaraman said...

seriously this rice is drooling me...perfect boiled rice mixed to perfection

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious.. never tried it with Nellikayi.. Will try now :)

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Unknown said...

Looks really delicious..feel like having it now...

Revathi said...

Dear Prathibha

Thankyou very much for this rice dish. Today i have made this Amla rice. Daily i have to search for varieity of recipes for my father in law who is aged 84yrs and expects daily varieties. usiri pachadi is regular at my home but never made pulihora with that. I have made with 2yrs back Niluva pachadi pulp. So colour came little bit brown. I hope your pachadi is fresh one and giving nice colour and that tempted me to do one trial.

Thanks a lot and this rice dish will become regular in the coming days at my home.

Chitz said...

A flavorful rice.. Addition of amla makes the one pot meal healthy & tasty :)

Indian Khana said...

That looks so yum with lovely pics ..fab recipe

Food to Fitness said...

This looks delicious. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

Anonymous said...

Dear Prathibha,
Yesterday was the first time I visited your blog while searching for Amla recipes. I prepared this yesterday and turned out good. Thanks for sharing.

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