Nellikka Uppilittathu is an age old traditional styled dish cooked in brine solution with necessary herbs and spices. You can adjust the concentration of brine solution in required levels. In Kerala Cuisine, ‘Uppilittathu’ is the word used for soaking anything in brine or salt solution for preservation purpose. Apart from preserving needs, uppilittathu is a delicacy in itself. The tender gooseberries are very delicious with rice or kanji. You can savor them as and when needed. You can refrigerate for months together and enjoy the gooseberries. Nellika or Gooseberry is always good for health however you cook it. It is indeed proved medically that you should consume at least one gooseberry daily. Kids usually do not favor gooseberries, but in pickled form they will find it more interesting. You can also substitute bird eye chilly or ‘kanthari’ as we call it in Kerala, for more authenticity and flavor.
It is learnt that Nellikka or Gooseberries is high in fiber and low in calories. It is filled with antioxidants, it also controls blood sugar and may help to have anti-cancer effect. Eating 1 – 2 nellikkas daily may help to improve eye sight, boost immune system etc. When I travel through various places in India, I have seen vendors selling Nellikkas immersed in salt water with some other healthy ingredients and it was very nice to eat these nellikkas. So, I also started to store Nellikka in Salt water at home and myself and my husband are eating at-least one Nellikka each in the morning and evening. I am, therefore, happy to share the preparation method of Nellikka Uppilittathu and hope that it will be helpful for all. You can store Gooseberry Pickle in air tight jars. For longer purpose store in refrigerator. You can explore a well detailed recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.