Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nellikai Chutney | Usirikaya Pacchadi with Red Chillies | Gooseberry Chutney

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usirikaya pacchadi
Usirikaya Pacchadi (Chutney) is a simple Pacchadi recipe which goes well with plain steamed rice or curd rice or few breakfast varieties like idli and dosa.It can be prepared in no time if we have the preserved Gooseberry chutney ready. I have already posted how to prepare the Niluva Usirikaya Pacchadi (preserved Gooseberry chutney) recipe.
We usually prepares two kinds of Usirikaya Pacchadi one with green chillies and the other with red chillies with minor variations. I have already posted the chutney recipe with green chillies  and today I am posting the chutney recipe with red chillies. This chutney is quite tangy and also an easy accompaniment and tastes nice when mixed with hot rice and ghee.

Usirikaya Pacchadi with Red Chillies recipe:
Serves 3-4
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 5 mins | Total time: 15 mins
Cuisine: South Indian | Category: Accompaniments

3-4 Red Chillies
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Garlic pods
1 medium Onion,finely chopped
Salt,as required
1/2 tsp Oil

to temper:
2 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
1 Red chili,broken
a pinch of Asafoetida

  • Dry roast Mustard seeds and remove them.Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan and add fenugreek seeds and fry them until red in color and remove them aside.Add red chillies and fry for few seconds until they have blisters.Add garlic pods at the end and just saute it for half a minute and add niluva usirikaya pacchadi to the pan and fry for a minute and remove it.
  • Grind niluva usirikaya(preserved gooseberry) with all the roasted ingredients - red chillies, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, garlic pods to a smooth chutney.Now taste it and if you need to add salt then add required quantity to it and grind again.
  • Add finely chopped onion and just grind in whipper mode for half a minute or you can mix it with chutney later.
  • In a small tempering pan heat oil and crackle mustard seeds and add broken red chillies,curry leaves and asafoetida and fry them until they wilt and add this to the chutney.
Serve it with hot rice and ghee and raw onions.
amla chutney
  1. You can mix chopped onion after you grind the chutney or add it while grinding.It is your wish.
  2. The addition of garlic pods is optional.I add it sometimes and skip it sometimes.
  3. If you do not have preserved gooseberry chutney,use the fresh gooseberry and add turmeric powder and salt accordingly.Also slightly fry the gooseberry pieces to remove the raw smell from them. 
If you are interested check other gooseberry recipes here.
nellikai chutney


Hari Chandana said...

looks absolutely inviting.. yummy! :)

Kurinji said...

healthy and mouthwatering chutney...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Colorful and lovely looking chutney preparation.

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