Instant Pickled Gooseberries

One more lip-smacking pickle from Daddy dearest! Instant and easy-peasy pickled gooseberries, and what’s more…it’s finger-licking-good! I call them ‘Khara Jamoons’ (‘Khara’ is Kannada for hot/spicy). Before marriage, whenever Daddy was cooking up something, I had the honour of being the official sampler to check if there was anything missing, or if it tasted fine, and I would feel really important to give him the verdict! Hahaha…gone are those pre-nuptial days now; what fun they were!


  • Gooseberries/Awla – 25 pcs/1 kilo (the really big, lime-sized variety)
  • Red Chilli powder – 3-4 tbsps
  • Methi/Fenugreek powder – 1 tsp (dry roasted for a minute or two, cooled and then powdered)
  • Turmeric powder –  1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tbsps (I usually say ‘salt – to taste’. However, since this a pickle, I’m being specific)
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Oil – 1/2 cup


  • Wash the gooseberries and pressure cook with adequate water. Give it one hoot and remove from flame. Set aside and allow the pressure to come down naturally.
  • In the meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok. Pop the mustard seeds. Add the asafoetida and methi powder.
  • Add the steam-cooked gooseberries into the wok, along with the water it was cooked in, and cook on a high flame.
  • Add the turmeric powder and salt. Stir for a minute, till incorporated.
  • Add the red chilli powder. Stir well and allow the pickle to season on a low flame for about 15-20 minutes, stirring in between.
  • Once done, allow to cool and transfer to a dry, air-tight container. Store in the refrigerator. The pickle gets better and better with age.

Whenever khara jamoons were made, we would enjoy it hot/warm with the next meal at home. Tastes like bliss with thayirnchaadam/curd rice!

I’m sending these yummy pickled gooseberries to ‘CWS: Cooking with Fenugreek‘ event guest-hosted at SE’s blog this month. The monthly ‘Cooking with seeds‘ event is Priya’s brainchild.


7 responses to “Instant Pickled Gooseberries

  1. Mouth Watering!! Instant pickles are a class apart!!

  2. i am a big fan of gooseberries.. i love it any time…can have it any time

  3. Slurpppppppppp!!mouthwatering pickles Madhuri…feel like having rite now…

  4. This pickle looks tempting indeed.

  5. hey amla pickle ..slurrrrrpp..mouth watering..

  6. Wow ,looks great ,bookmarking this one

  7. Mouth watering…looks yummy am gonna try it for sure 🙂

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