To Powder
To temper
  1. Pressure cook Amla for 2 whistles without adding water. Pressure cook without adding water means .. add water in the cooker , take amla in another vessel and keep inside cooker and pressure cook . Basically , the vessel in which you have placed amla , will not have water.
  2. Cool, cooked amla. Once they are cool, you can just press the amla along the wedges ( lines ) and de seed it. It’s very easy to deseed it this way. Keep the pulp aside and discard the seeds.
  3. Grind amla in a mixer without adding water. You can make smooth or coarse, your wish. I have made coarse as i like little chunks in thokku .
  4. For the masala: saute methi and mustard in few drops of oil . Let they get crisp and aromatic. Once cool, transfer to a small mixer jar, pulse and keep aside.
  5. In a kadai , heat oil , splutter mustard . Add curry leaves, haldi and a big dash of hing . Don’t skip hing and sesame oil .. they enhance taste.
  6. Later, add red chilli powder and salt . Give a quick mix. Add more salt for better shelf life.
  7. Add ground amla and mix nicely.
  8. Fry for 4-5mins .
  9. Add powdered methi and mustard mix. Keep stiring the thokku in between so that it doesn’t get burnt . Taste test. If you need add chilli powder / salt .
  10. After the moisture has content has evaporated and oil starts leaving the sides ,switch off the stove . This may take around 10-12 mins on medium flame.
  11. That’s it our spicy Amla thokku is ready to enjoy. Store in air tight jar once its cooled to room temperature. Stays good for about 15-20 days without fridge and if refrigerated remains good for months . Tastes awesome with idli , dosa, chapathi , plain rice, curd rice etc.
Recipe Notes
  • If you feel gooseberry is too tart, you can add a small piece of jaggery to balance it.
  • Add more salt , spice and oil for longer shelf life . Salt and spice level will  get balanced in next 2-3 days .
  • fry nicely so that water is evaporated . This will increase the shelf life.
  • Use a clean dry spoon always and store in air tight container. Stays fresh and good for a long time.
  • Can take it while travelling. It doesn’t spoil .

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