Indian Gooseberry is rich source of vitamin C and has lots of medicinal value.It really fortifies immune system. Its better to use this in our daily cooking and keeping our family healthy. Its advised to have it raw rather than cooking it.Its called as "Bettada nellikayi" in kannada and used in lots of dishes like, chitranna,chutney, gojju, tambuli ,moraba,adike.
In Bengaluru fresh Gooseberry is available 365 days of an year but here in US I was able to find this in frozen section and I prepared chitranna with it.Here is the recipe for it.
2 cups cooked rice
4-5 Gooseberry(fresh or frozen)
3-4 green chilies
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
2 tsp ground nuts
4-5 curry leaves
2 tsp oil
If you using frozen Gooseberry, put them in warm water for 2-3 hours so that it becomes soft(this is not required if your using fresh Gooseberry).After that, chop them into half and remove seeds.
Put Gooseberry pieces,green chillies, grated coconut, turmeric and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds into mixer jar and ground it to paste. Add less water.
Take oil in a thick bottomed pan and add remaining mustard seeds to it. once it starts spluttering add urad dall, channa dal, ground nuts, curry leaves and fry this they turn their color. turn off flame and add ground paste to it.(Don't cook this paste).
Add rice , salt and mix well.
"Bettada nellikayi chitranna" is ready to serve