Saturday, June 6, 2009

AwaLyache LoNache - Gooseberry Pickle

The second recipe of the gooseberries was this delicious pickle. I referred to my favorite book "Ruchira" by late Mrs. Kamalabai Ogale. The quantity mentioned in the book was quite big so I changed it to suit our palette. We loved it.

AwaLyache LoNache
Gooseberry Pickle
Ingredients
1 cup gooseberries/AwLa

Grind to a coarse paste
1 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp jaggery
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt

Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Method
1. Remove the stems of the gooseberries. Rinse and completely dry them.
2. Add ground masala paste to the berries. Mix well to adjust the consistency of the pickle.
3. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add asafoetida and turmeric powder. As they sizzle, switch off the gas. Let this oil cool off completely.
4. Add cooled oil to the pickle and stir well.
5. Store in a ceramic or glass container in a refrigerator.

Notes-
1. Since the American gooseberries were tiny, I left them whole. "Ruchira" recommends shredding/grating/chopping the berries after removing the seeds.
2. This pickle must be used within 2 weeks.

Credits
Ruchira by Late Mrs. Kamalabai Ogale

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