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Amla Thokku | Dry Amla Pickle

Amla Thokku is a spicy sour cooked gooseberriries dry pickle served as an accompaniment with any South Indian Meal
Course Accompaniment
Cuisine Andhra, Karnataka, South India, Tamil Nadu
Keyword DIY, Pickles, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 200 grams
Calories 37kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 1 Cup Amla / Indian Gooseberries chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Fennel Seeds optional
  • ¾ teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • 8 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • For Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoon sesame oil divided into 2 tablespoon each
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 2 springs Curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Hing
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Jaggeru powder, optional


  • Dry roast mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds , cumin seeds and Dry red chillies .
  • When cumin and mustard seeds starts to pop , turn of the heat and transfer the roasted ingredients into a mixer jar.
  • Blend/ Ground spices into a coarse powder.
  • In a pan heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and add chopped amla / gooseberries pieces. Sauté and cook until moisture from gooseberries evaporates, changes its colour and turns soft. You can check the doneness by gently cutting gooseberries with spatula.
  • Turn off the stove , let cool completely.
  • Now transfer the cooked amla pieces into same mixer jar/ blender , ground amla along with spice powder to get a coarse paste.

For Seasoning

  • In a pan , heat 2 tablespoon of sesame oil .
  • Add mustard seeds, curry leaves , turmeric powder and hing/ asafoetida.
  • Now tip in ground coarse amla paste and mix along with seasoning and allow to cook in a low heat.
  • Add salt and jaggery powder ,mix well everything.
  • When it changes colour, turnof the flame. Pour 2 tablespoon of Hot sesame oil on it.
  • Mix well everything.
  • When it cools down completely, store in an glass jar and use as required. Shelf life upto 6 months when refrigerated.



Serving: 20grams | Calories: 37kcal