Amla ka Achar | Amla Pickle (Indian Gooseberry Pickle)

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This recipe made with the Indian gooseberry, popularly known as amla is an Andhra style spicy and super tasty Amla Pickle or Amla ka Achar. This Amla Pickle recipe or Indian Gooseberry Pickle is vegan friendly, uses just a few basic ingredients and can be made in a very simple method. You can prepare it and store it in the refrigerator too.

amla pickle served in a white bowl with an Indian meal on a white board.

Types of Pickles

Primarily, pickles can be of 3 types – preserved in oil, preserved in vinegar and preserved in brine or salt. An Indian pickle is majorly based on the first type where the choice of oil can vary, depending from one region to other. 

For instance, in Northern India, pickles are usually made in mustard oil as compared to the South Indian pickles, like this particular Amla Avakaya, that use the fragrant sesame oil. Another famous one is this Avakaya or the Andhra Mango Pickle.

The Indian pickling tradition too has traveled through ages. We are firm believers of the fact that almost anything and everything (vegetables, fruits, leaves, berries and even roots) can be preserved with this age-old method.

More on this Amla Pickle

Since the time I had watched some YouTube videos for the method of preparing the Amla Pickle, also known as Amla Avakaya in Andhra Pradesh, I had been wanting to recreate it in my home kitchen as well.

Thus, I created my version of the Amla Pickle with my own measure of ingredients as well as added a few more steps to the original recipe. The final product is just as fab and you will only know it, after you try it too.

My trial resulted in a spicier Amla Pickle recipe, in which the sour taste of the amla merges excellently with the rustic and very earthy flavors of the mustard seeds and sesame oil. If you are aversive to sesame oil, you can also make it with peanut or sunflower oil.

Once you try it and eat it, you will realize that this Amla ka Achar gets over very soon. And that your family is going to request you to make more. It is this good!

Best way to savor the flavors of this pickle is to pair it with stuffed paratha, sambar-rice, dal-rice or curd rice. Or just mix it with some steamed rice and enjoy the goodness.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Amla ka Achar

Prep Amla

1. Firstly, rinse 250 grams amla or Indian gooseberries a few times in water. Then, wipe them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Or you can spread them on a cotton napkin or a plate and let them dry naturally.

There should be no traces of water or moisture on the amla. Also make sure to use dry and clean spoons or bowls.

amla or indian gooseberry for amla pickle or amla achar.

2. Then, add 2 tablespoons mustard seeds and ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds in a grinder.

mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds added in a grinder.

3. Grind to a semi-fine powder. Set aside.

spices ground to a semi fine powder to make amla ka achar

Cook Amla

4. Chop the amla and remove the seeds. Chopping amla takes time. Discard any bruised parts from the amla.

If the amla are small in size, you can keep them whole but give each of them a few slits so that they do not burst in oil while cooking.

I chopped them as I did not want the seeds to come in the mouth while eating.

chopping amla and removing the seeds.

5. Heat ⅓ cup sesame oil (gingelly oil) in a kadai or pan.

heating sesame oil in a pan for amla pickle.

6. Add the chopped amla pieces.

chopped amla pieces added to the hot oil in pan.

7. Mix well.

mixing the chopped amla in oil.

8. Cover the pan and let the amla pieces cook. Keep checking in between.

covering the pan to cook the amla pieces.

9. You don’t need to cook the amla pieces till golden. They should be cooked till soft. Slid a knife through a few pieces and it should slid easily. This cooking on a medium-low heat takes about 6 to 7 minutes.

cooking the amla pieces in the pan to make amla ka achar.

10. Once the amla pieces are cooked, switch off the heat. Add 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves (crushed).

Mix well and let this mixture become warm. Set aside for about 10 minutes. Let the amla pieces be in the pan only.

adding crushed garlic to the amla pieces in pan

Make Amla ka Achar

11. When the amla and oil mixture becomes warm, add 3 tablespoons red chili powder, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 to 1.5 tablespoons salt and the prepared ground mustard seeds and fenugreek powder.

First, add 1 tablespoon salt. Mix very well. If you feel it is less, then add some more salt. If the pickle tastes more salty, then it’s fine as when it matures, the extra salty taste goes away.

ed chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and ground spice mixture added to the amla pieces in the pan.

12. Mix very well and let the amla pickle mixture cool at room temperature.

mixing the spice powders with the amla pieces in the pan.

13. Now, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

adding lemon juice to the spiced amla pieces in the pan.

14. Mix again.

mixing spiced amla pieces in the pan to make amla ka achar.

15. Spoon the pickle in a clean sterilized glass jar. Cover with a lid and keep aside.

amla pickle or amla achar spooned in a sterilized glass jar.

Temper Amla Pickle

16. Heat ¼ cup sesame oil in a small pan. This step is optional and can be skipped.

heating sesame oil for tempering the amla pickle.

17. Keep the heat to a low and add ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing).

adding asafoetida to the hot oil.

18. Mix well and switch off the heat. Let this oil cool completely at room temperature.

mixing asafoetida well in the hot oil.

19. Then, pour this tempering in the pickle jar.

pouring the tempering in the jar containing amla ka achar

20. Some oil will float on top and that’s fine. Cover the jar with a lid and let the pickle mature for 3 to 4 days. Keep in a dry place.

oil floating on top of the amla achar in the jar.

21. After 3 to 4 days, the Amla Achar will be ready. Serve Amla Pickle with your everyday meal. After you begin to use the pickle, refrigerate it.

amla pickle served in a white bowl with an Indian meal on a white board.

Indian Gooseberry Uses

Before the uses, why should you include amla in your diet?

Because the benefits include: high content of Vitamin C in it has anti-aging properties; great for the vision, hair and skin; boosts immunity; known to treat heartburns and promotes heart health; effective against many types of cancer; helps to lower blood sugar levels and protects against liver damage to name a few.

The best uses of Indian gooseberry or amla are:

  • The sour taste makes it a perfect fit for pickles and preserve. The spiced tangy sweet preserve made from these gooseberries known as Amla Murabba is popular in India.
  • The fruit can be easily made into yummy crushes and syrups that form a base of different mocktails.
  • Amla can be juiced, mixed with some honey and consumed as a refreshing, healthy beverage. Plain amla juice is helpful in treating hair fall.
  • Bored of having cut fruits just like that? Amp them up by sprinkling some amla powder on them.
  • Indian gooseberries can be made into sautéed dishes or used in lentil dishes too.
  • Interesting way of serving desserts? Stew some amla slices in sugar syrup and top your cakes, cheesecakes and tarts with it.

Expert Tips

  1. This Amla Pickle is quite high on the spice meter. Decrease the quantity of red chili powder if you want it less spicy.
  2. I use a good amount of oil while making pickles as it helps in extending the shelf-life of the pickle. You may use less oil if you wish to.
  3. You can prepare this pickle with either sunflower oil or peanut oil too, in place of sesame oil.
  4. This recipe of Amla Pickle will give you a small batch. Store the pickle in a glass jar or ceramic jar and not a plastic jar.
  5. Sunlight is not needed to make this Amla ka Achar. So you can choose to make this pickle easily when you do not get enough sunlight or there is a cloudy sky.

FAQs

Can I substitute lemon juice with tamarind? How much tamarind should I use for 250 grams amla?

Yes, you can use tamarind pulp. Use 2 tablespoons tamarind paste for 250 grams of amla. If you want a sourer taste, use 3 tablespoons. Make sure to cook/boil the tamarind paste with some water so that the raw taste and aroma goes away. The cooked tamarind should be thick.

If I have frozen amla instead of fresh ones, can I use it?

Yes, you can use frozen amla too. Just thaw them first. Then, rinse, drain all the water and place the amlas on kitchen paper towels or cotton napkins so that the moisture is dried. Then, proceed with the recipe.

What other oil can I use in this recipe?

You can use sunflower oil or peanut oil instead of sesame oil. Avoid using mustard oil as its pungent.

Can I add vinegar instead of lemon juice?

Definitely, you can do that.

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amla pickle served in a white bowl.

Amla ka Achar | Amla Pickle

This Amla Pickle or Amla Achar is an Andhra style spicy and tasty pickle made with Indian gooseberry, spices, sesame oil and lemon juice. This gooseberry pickle recipe does not need any sunlight.
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Andhra, South Indian
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 1 small jar
Units

Ingredients

  • 250 grams Indian gooseberry (amla) or about 2 cups chopped amla
  • cup sesame oil (gingelly oil) for frying amla
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves – small to medium, slightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds or 3 tablespoon mustard seeds powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons salt or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sesame oil (gingelly oil) – to be added later
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Firstly, rinse the amla very well in water. Then, wipe them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Or you can spread them on a cotton napkin or a plate and let them dry naturally.
  • Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds in a grinder.
  • Grind to a semi-fine powder. Set aside.

Cooking amla

  • Chop the amla and remove the seeds. Discard the seeds.
  • Heat ⅓ cup sesame oil (gingelly oil) in a kadai or pan.
  • Add the chopped amla pieces. Mix well.
  • Cover the pan and let the amla pieces cook in oil. Keep checking in between.
  • You don't need to cook the amla pieces till golden. They should be cooked till soft. Slid a knife through a few pieces and it should slid easily. This cooking on a medium-low heat takes about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Once the amla pieces are cooked, switch off the heat. Add 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves (crushed). Mix well and let this mixture become warm.
  • Set aside for about 10 minutes and let the amla pieces be in the pan only. Do not remove them.

Making amla achar

  • When the amla and oil mixture becomes warm, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt as required and the ground mustard seeds and fenugreek powder.
  • First, add 1 tablespoon salt. Mix very well. Check the taste. If you feel it's less, then add some more salt. If the pickle tastes salty, then it's fine as when it matures, the extra salty taste goes away.
  • Mix thoroughly. Let this mixture cool at room temperature.
  • Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice when the pickle mixture has cooled. Mix again.
  • Spoon the pickle in a clean sterilized glass jar. Cover with a lid and set aside.

Tempering for amla pickle

  • Heat ¼ cup sesame oil in a small pan. This step is optional and can be skipped.
  • Keep the heat to a low and add ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing).
  • Mix well and switch off the heat. Let this oil cool at room temperature.
  • Then, pour this tempering in the pickle jar. Some oil will float on top and that's fine. Cover the jar with a lid and let the pickle mature for 3 to 4 days. Keep in a dry place.
  • Serve Amla Pickle or Amla ka Achar with your everyday meal. After you begin to use the pickle, refrigerate it.

Notes

  • Use sesame oil that is made from raw sesame seeds. In South India, this sesame oil is also called gingelly oil.
  • Reduce the red chilli powder for a less spicy pickle. 
  • Use glass jars for storing the pickle. You can also use ceramic jars. 
  • Once you start using the pickle, store in the refrigerator.
  • Instead of lemon juice, use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
  • Note that the approximate nutrition info is for the entire amla pickle.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Amla ka Achar | Amla Pickle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1438 Calories from Fat 1260
% Daily Value*
Fat 140g215%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Polyunsaturated Fat 58g
Monounsaturated Fat 56g
Sodium 7378mg321%
Potassium 1228mg35%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 23g96%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 7851IU157%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 5mg25%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Vitamin E 13mg87%
Vitamin K 44µg42%
Calcium 225mg23%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 62µg16%
Iron 8mg44%
Magnesium 151mg38%
Phosphorus 341mg34%
Zinc 3mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi sis, am from Tamilnadu i tried this amla pickle it came very tasty. And I have small doubt how can I mix sesame oil in pickle( first time i mixed with less oil now I want to add more oil). Please tell me the steps to add oil.
    Thanks in advance
    Regards,
    Uma Ravi5 stars

    1. Hi Uma, first heat the sesame oil until lightly hot. Let it cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, add the sesame oil in the pickle jar. Gently stir with a clean and dry steel or wooden spoon.

  2. Dassana, I made this pickle with the amla from my farm. And I cant tell you how delicious it has turned out to be. Lip smacking. thanking you so much.5 stars

    1. welcome shubha and glad to read your comment. you are lucky to grow your own food. thanks for the rating and the feedback.

  3. Hi Dassana, I have been following your blog since many years now…….and must say I really like it…….specially your no onion no garlic recipes. You explain the recipes so beautifully through the pictures. I am also a student of Home Science (M.Sc, B.Ed). Feels so nice to see people from my subject prospering so much……thank you for all the recipes…….I love amla so thought of trying this.5 stars

    1. thank you anwesa. glad that you have liked the recipes and their presentation. yes of course, whatever we study and learn always help us and we can apply it in our lives to help ourselves as well as others.

      welcome and do try the amla pickle. you will like it.

  4. Thanks for the easy recipe for a yummy pickle. Dear can I use tamarind instead of lime juice. How much tamarind paste should i use for 250 gms of the amla.
    Thanks in advance.5 stars

    1. welcome jaya. you can use tamarind pulp. you can use about 2 tablespoon tamarind paste. but cook or boil the paste with some water so that its raw aroma and taste goes away. the cooked tamarind should be thick. for a more sour taste you can add 3 tablespoons tamarind paste also.

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