Inji Puli (kinda Ginger Relish)


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. 

Comments

sandy said…
Ummm...Yummy chitta...wish i tasted it...my all time favourite inji puli...
Sushma Mallya said…
Looks nice and delicious...
Hamaree Rasoi said…
a must for ginger lovers...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi
vrinda said…
My fav tooo..yummy n tangy.....
Kairali sisters said…
Mine too...just need yogurt and rice now..
Swathi said…
Nice i love it . Grandma make it during onam.Looks delicious.
Sayantani said…
very new to me...looks delicious.
Amritha Kalyani said…
Very nice sidh roshan. An award for you today :-) http://eatvegetarianbehealthy.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-award.html
Priya said…
Woww mouthwatering here, yumm!
Suja Sugathan said…
Yummy Inji puli,looks irresistible
Krishnaveni said…
tempting recipe, great
Delicious inji puli.I too have one in my draft.
Umm Mymoonah said…
Your ginger relish looks really.
Babli said…
Wonderful dish. Looks yummy and tempting.
Sridevi said…
New recipe to me, and has got medicinal values.
My favorite inji curry!
Pushpa said…
Delicious recipe...awesome

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com
Gulmohar said…
Love this...a great comfort food..
aipi said…
Totally new..like the look of it!

US Masala
RAKS KITCHEN said…
This should be perfect for curd rice,mouthwatering now,sounds so appetizing!
Roshan said…
hi all,

thanks for your wonderful comments.

cheers n warm regards

roshan
yash1229 said…
This was really tasty!! LOVED it! :D


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