Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nellikai Sadam | Amla Rice Recipe

Amla or Indian gooseberry is considered to be a 'Kaya-Kalpa' berry, according to Ayurveda. It has all the six tastes viz, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent which are essential for a healthy diet. Amla is said to increase the life-force or the 'Prana Shakthi' and is Sattvic in nature which is soothing to the brain. An Amla a day provides all the essential nutrients to the body. Rich in Vitamin C, Amla rejuvenates the cells, strengthens the organ systems and tones up the tissues. No wonder, it plays a vital role in Diabetic diet too. Coming up today is an easy recipe for Amla Rice / Nellikai Sadam which is suitable for Diabetics. My kids like to have it for their Lunch box as well. 

Preparation time - 10mins
Cooking time - 5mins (if rice is ready on hand)


Rice - 1cup, cooked 
Amla / Nellikai - 5, deseeded & roughly chopped
Green chilli - 2 or 3
Coriander leaves - 1cup
Ginger - 1" piece
Raw Peanut - 3tblsp

To temper:-
Gingelly oil - 2-3tblsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urad dal - 2tsp
Chana dal - 2tsp
Curry leaves - A sprig


1.  Grind Amla, coriander leaves, chilli and ginger to a fine paste.

2.  Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds first. Once it splutters, add urad and chana dal and raw peanuts and roast until golden brown. 

3.  Mix in the ground Amla paste and curry leaves and sauté for about 3-5mins until the mixture looks dry.

4.  Add the cooked rice and toss to coat well.

Serve hot or pack for lunch for a hearty and nutritious meal.


  1. That is such an interesting rice recipe!

  2. I make this rice differently and your cilantro and ginger base version sounds flavorful.