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Inji Puli (kinda Ginger Relish)

>> September 29, 2010

Inji puli or puli inji has a prominent or rather a permanent space in the onasadya alongwith the pickles. I have had this in massive amount when I was a kid, when my mother’s friend used to make it for Onam and send a pack of it for further season’s relish.

The making of Inji puli has however remained a quest with me since I did not have the confidence that I can come out with the same taste. Once I bought a readymade version which didn’t taste as good as the aunt made one.

Last Onam, I just set out on a trial of Inji Puli beginning with a recipe search on the web and I was astonished to find about 10 – 12 variants. So I had to pick the ingredients to bring out the same old taste and the result was almost the same but not exactly the same…. : - ) …….

…ingredients that went into the making…

Ginger, cubed into tiny pieces – 5 tbsp
Tamarind  – 2 tbsp (mix with water and make a pulp)
Jaggery, grated – 2-3 tbsp (adjust according to preferred sweetness, you can keep adding and tasting)

Oil – 2 – 3 tbsp ( I used veg oil)
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Green chillies – 2
Curry leaves – 5 leaves
Chilly powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – 1 or 2 pinch
Salt – to taste
Rice flour – ¼ - ½ tsp

Yields 1 cup inji puli (as seen in the picture)

the method

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Add the ginger and let it fry. When three fourths done, add green chillies and curry leaves. Sauté for few seconds and add chilly and turmeric powder. Add the tamarind pulp and let it boil. Stir in the grated jaggery and salt and mix well. Let it boil. Mix the rice flour in 2-3 tbsp water to make a rice solution. Pour it into the ginger mixture. Boil it again until the mixture turns to a lightly semi- liquid/solid state. Taste it. Adjust taste and turn off heat. The inji puli will further solidify due to the addition of rice flour which also balances the sharp flavour of tamarind. Use it as a pickle with rice or serve as you please. 


sandy September 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

Ummm...Yummy chitta...wish i tasted it...my all time favourite inji puli...

vrinda September 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

My fav tooo..yummy n tangy.....

Kairali sisters September 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

Mine too...just need yogurt and rice now..

Swathi September 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

Nice i love it . Grandma make it during onam.Looks delicious.

Sayantani September 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

very new to me...looks delicious.

Amritha Kalyani September 30, 2010 at 12:11 AM  

Very nice sidh roshan. An award for you today :-) http://eatvegetarianbehealthy.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-award.html

Priya September 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

Woww mouthwatering here, yumm!

Suja Sugathan September 30, 2010 at 2:10 AM  

Yummy Inji puli,looks irresistible

Sreelekha Sumesh September 30, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

Delicious inji puli.I too have one in my draft.

Umm Mymoonah September 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

Your ginger relish looks really.

Babli September 30, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

Wonderful dish. Looks yummy and tempting.

Sridevi September 30, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

New recipe to me, and has got medicinal values.

Pushpa September 30, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

Delicious recipe...awesome

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Gulmohar September 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM  

Love this...a great comfort food..

aipi October 1, 2010 at 6:28 AM  

Totally new..like the look of it!

US Masala

RAKS KITCHEN October 1, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

This should be perfect for curd rice,mouthwatering now,sounds so appetizing!

Roshan October 4, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

hi all,

thanks for your wonderful comments.

cheers n warm regards


yash1229 August 25, 2011 at 1:02 AM  

This was really tasty!! LOVED it! :D

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