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Nellikai Chutney Recipe

Recipe for Tamil style Nellikai Chutney / Gooseberry Chutney made with Indian gooseberry, fresh coconut and spices. A very healthy chutney that can be served with idli and dosa.

  • Total Time: 7m
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x



Ingredients for the Nellikai Chutney

2 Indian nellikai / gooseberry

1/2 cup fresh coconut

2 green chillies

a pinch of asafoetida

1 teaspoon jaggery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Ingredients for tempering the Nellikai Chutney

1 teaspoon Indian sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/4 teaspoon urad dal

1 dried red chilli

1 sprig curry leaves


The nellikai / gooseberry has a seed that needs to be removed else the chutney tends to become very bitter. The seeds can be hard to remove. Just run a knife around the seed to separate the flesh from the seed.

Add all the ingredients in a heavy duty Indian mixie. First, grind without adding any water to a coarse paste. Add quarter cup of water and grind again. The chutney should be nice and thick. Remove the chutney from the mixie and set aside on a bowl.

Now lets temper the chutney.
Take a small kadai / pan and add in a teaspoon of Indian sesame oil. When the oil is hot add in the split urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried red chilli. Let the mustard seeds crackle and the lentils brown. Add in the tempering to the chutney.

Nellikai Chutney / Indian Gooseberry chutney is ready. Serve with idli or dosai.

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 2m

Keywords: nellikai chutney