Gooseberry Rice - Usirikaya Pulihora

Gooseberry is a fruit rich in Vitamin "C" and  a rich source of Antioxidants.Daily intake of Amla will provide immunity to body thereby preventing flu and throat infections. It helps in preventing premature aging and greying of hair. In our daily diet, consumption of food rich in Vitamin "C" helps in absorption of other minerals like Iron to the body. Pulihora, which is normally prepared adding Tamarind, Lemon can also be prepared using Gooseberry. It also adds a very good taste to the recipe. Here is the method of preparing Gooseberry Rice (Usirikaya Pulihora).
Ingredients :

Rice : 250 gms 
Gooseberry (Amla) : 5 (cut into pieces)
Turmeric powder : 1 tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 2 tea spoons
Cumin seeds : 1 tea spoon
Ground nuts : 2 table spoons
Black gram dal : 2 tea spoons
Bengal gram dal : 2 tea spoons
Red chillies : 4
Green chillies 3
Curry leaves : few
Sugar : 1 tea spoon
Asefoetida : 1/2 tea spoon
Oil : 1 table spoon
Salt to taste

Method :

Add Turmeric powder in cooked rice and keep aside.
Boil the gooseberry pieces till they turns soft and let it cool.
Grind the boiled gooseberry pieces into smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan,add black gram dal, bengal gram dal, ground nuts, green chillies, red chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds,fry till the ingredients turn light brown.
Now pour gooseberry paste, asefoetida,sugar, salt and all fried ingredients in the rice and mix it well.

Usirikaya pulihora (Amla rice) is ready to serve.


  1. Delicious and colorful looking amla rice. Excellent preparation.

  2. very healthy and delicious rice, love it...

  3. Creative, creative use of gooseberry. I just admire people like you who is apt in coming up with unique and wonderful recipes.


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