Nellikya Pickle / Gooseberry Pickle / The bitter sweet ride




Some one once said “knowing when to walk away is wisdom, acting upon it and walking away takes courage Β and doing it with you head held high is dignity”. I believe in it! Every day we make choices. Choices about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the people we meet or refuse to meet , the music we listen to, everything. Every thing is a choice. Granted thatΒ the choice may be driven by compelling factors, but they are choices. Like if I said why do not you follow you dream? you would say its cause you need the money to work and dreaming doesn’t give you money πŸ™‚ And that is true as well. Anyway I am diverting from the point. I wanted to tell you that the choices you make may be good or bad , happy or sad, but they are your choices. They are what make you, You! So next time you decide which shirt to wear or lip colour to wear, do it will you head held high. Cause every one remembers a confident person who stands by his/her choices.

A few years ago I met a person who loved to sing. He was a trained vocalist. He was stuck in an IT job and did nothing for himself. He made enough money to spend at the most expensive bars in town but every time he drank he would sing. And even though he was drunk, all of us loved his voice. But there was this trace of sadness, or rather emptiness about it. I am not sure if it was because of the songs he chose or really sadness. Now I am not saying he should quit his job and teach music or sing professionally but I am saying its ok to join a band or a choir or sing group that engages in regular singing practise! I am saying why not ?

When my father was in school, he said that only two hours a day were allowed for studying (after class). The rest was for sports, music, plays and gym! Also if you talk to older people everyone has a hobby. Like swimming or badminton or writing articles. Older generations always believed that a human being has to develop as a whole. And that means also fuelling your creative juices.

I only hope that I can teach my son to find love in music, happiness in dance and romance in food! I hope he finds colour in the pages of old classics and finesse in writing with an ink pen. I wish he has the time to look up at a starry night sky and find peace in the beauty that is.

I believe that every bitter time

will be followed with sweetness of a kind,

that lets you believe

that hope you shall always find……

And that bring me to the gooseberry :0) Bitter at first and then sweet and yummy………



  1. Goose Berrys – 1 kg ( around 15 – 16 depends on the size)
  2. Water – 2 cups
  3. Salt – 1 tbsp
  4. Oil – 5 tbsp
  5. Mustard Seeds -2 tsp
  6. Curry Leaves – Β a hand full
  7. Chilly Powder – 3 tbsp
  8. Cumin Powder- 1tbsp
  9. Fenugreek Powder – 1tbsp
  10. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp heap
  12. Green Chilly – 3
  13. Asafoetida – 1/2tsp


  1. In a heavy bottom pot, pour water and bring to a boil. Then add salt and gooseberries
  2. Let it boil well till the goose berries are just about soft. Do not over do it cause you are going to cook it more. Drain the berries and set aside. Reserve the water for later
  3. Now in a khadai, heat oil and once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the remaining ingredients, adding the curry leaves at the end.When the raw smell of the spices has reduced, add the gooseberries. Coast them well with the spice paste in the khadai.
  4. Let it fry for 5 – 10 mins on a medium to low flame
  5. Once done, add the water that was set aside earlier, into the khadai with the gooseberries
  6. Let the mixture boil till the water reduces to 70 %
  7. Then close the kadai and turn off the flame
  8. Once the mixture cools down, store in a clean, dry jar
  9. Enjoy πŸ™‚