Instant Amla Pickle (Indian Gooseberry Pickle)

Learn how to make amla pickle with less oil and eat as much as you want without guilt! This is a fuss-free Indian gooseberry pickle made with olive oil and steamed amla.

Instant amla pickle in a blue bowl.

About the recipe

Indian pickles are a great way to preserve food as well as the nutrients in it, but unfortunately, they contain added salt and oil which take away the health advantage. This gooseberry pickle with olive oil preserves the traditional taste, at the same time maintains the health aspect. If you’re wondering how to use extra virgin olive oil in Indian cooking, this amla pickle or salads like lentil cilantro salad or easy chana salad would be a good place to start.

What makes this instant amla pickle healthier

  1. We use the less processed extra-virgin olive oil.
  2. You saute/ cook the amla in sesame or mustard oil for the traditional pickle. Here we steam the gooseberries and cool them before adding oil, so the health benefits of olive oil and amla are preserved.
  3. The flavorful olive oil combined with spices helps reduce the amount of salt without compromising on the taste. The trade-off: this pickle has to be refrigerated and keeps fresh only for a couple of weeks.


  • Amla or Indian gooseberries – this healthy pickle is the best way to eat amla.
  • Spices – the tangy flavor of the gooseberries is balanced by the bitter-sweet fenugreek (methi) and mustard seeds and the spice of hot chillies.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – The fruity flavor of olive oil makes this instant nellikai pickle healthy and amazingly yummy!

How to make amla pickle: step-by-step photos

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)

Steam the amla for 10 minutes. Once they cool down, break into segments and pat them dry. (They fall apart easily when cooked.) Remove and discard the seeds.

Prepare the spice mix while the gooseberries are cooking. Dry-roast the chilies first, then add the fenugreek seeds and mustard. Roast for about 10 minutes on very low heat until you get a nice aroma of the spices. Remove from heat and add salt while the pan is still hot. Let the spices cool and then grind into a fine powder.

Spread out the amla segments in a pan and sprinkle the spice blend. Mix well. Add the olive oil and toss again.

Transfer the pickle to a dry airtight jar and refrigerate.

Instant gooseberry pickle in a glass jar.

Recipe Tips

  • Ensure there is no moisture in the steamed amla, the spices, jar and even the spoon used. That is the reason we dry-roast everything including salt. This helps keep the pickle fresh longer.
  • Add the olive oil after the gooseberry cools down completely. This helps keep the heart-healthy fats and nutrients in the extra virgin olive oil intact.
closeup view of nellikai pickle in a blue bowl.

What to serve gooseberry pickle with

Bagalabath (Indian curd rice) is the best dish to eat this pickle with. Other options can be:

Health benefits of eating nellikai pickle

The combination of gooseberries, olive oil and fenugreek seeds explodes with high nutritional value.

Gooseberries are low in calories, high in fiber and excellent sources of vitamins E and C and antioxidants such as phytonutrients. All of these have several health-benefiting effects against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases. (source)

Fenugreek seeds are used as a remedy for a whole lot of ailments such as digestive problems, obesity, high cholesterol, kidney problems, menstrual cramps, chronic cough, and mouth ulcers. It slows the absorption of sugars and stimulates insulin, thus reducing blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Extra virgin olive oil is well known for all the antioxidants, phytonutrients, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

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Instant amla pickle recipe | Indian gooseberry pickle

Learn how to make amla pickle with less oil and eat as much as you want without guilt! This is a fuss-free gooseberry pickle recipe made with olive oil and steamed amla.
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 95 kcal



for the pickle

for the spice mix

  • 12 to 15 dry red chillies (depending on the spice level you want)
  • 2 teaspoons methi/fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt


Scroll back to find detailed recipe photos!


Preparing the gooseberries

  • Wash and steam the gooseberries for 10 minutes in a steamer.
  • When the gooseberries are cool enough to handle, break them into segments using your fingers. They fall apart easily when cooked. Remove and discard the seeds. Pat the segments dry.

Preparing the spice mix

  • While the gooseberries are steaming, prepare the seasoning. Dry roast the chilies in a saute pan on medium flame for 5 minutes. Then add mustard and methi seeds and roast for another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt while the pan is still hot. Allow the spices to cool.
  • Blend the spices into a fine powder using a blender or spice grinder.

preparing amla pickle

  • Transfer the amla back to the pan, add the spice mix and toss well until all the pieces are covered.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons and mix again.
  • Store in a clean dry jar with an airtight lid.


  • Storing and preserving: This pickle has to be stored in the refrigerator. Store in a clean dry jar and use a clean dry spoon whenever you serve the pickle. Stays fresh for up to a month if you take these precautions.
Instant Amla Pickle (Indian Gooseberry Pickle)

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