This winter season ends with lots of goose berries. My favorite is these tiny goodies that we call “ari nellikaai”. They have a soft flesh and the seeds inside too were really soft. The skin is very tender that if you sprinkle some salt and cover it for a hour it will become tender and delicious.
(Photo courtesy flickr)
Amma made this quick pickle which was a delight to have with curd and rice. At home not everybody is a pickle lover but myself and amma have a special taste for them. This quick fix pickle also goes well with idlis.
Ari nellikaai – 1 cup
Sambar powder – 1.5 tea spoon
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Venthayam powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Gingelly oil – 2 T spoon
How to make it ?
In a thick bottomed vessel heat the oil and add the washed and pat dried nellikaai. Saute till they turn tender. Add all the spices and saute till it reaches a golden color as shown in the picture. Serve with curd rice.