Would you love to guess the combination of sour tamarind plus sweet jaggery with strong ginger?, If you come up with the answer 'YES', then 'Puli Inji' is your choice recipe which you have to give it a shot today.
'Puli Inji' literally means tamarind ginger.
Everyone around the world is using ginger as great stomach settlers but in different forms. It's always a good practice to include ginger in our diet which helps to overcome poor dietary habits. This recipe is the Keralite way of including medicinally valued ginger in our meals.
Kerala is renowned for its rich heritage food, and this recipe is almost a must on all occasions in a Keralite home. And I'm sure, everybody would fall in love with this traditional recipe and start admiring ginger one more time.
Another interesting property of ginger is, it can also act as a preservative. It stays good in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
1 Cup of Chopped Ginger
¼ Cup of Thick Tamarind extract
½ Cup of Jaggery
1 tsp of Chili powder
1 tsp of Cooking Oil
½ tsp of Mustard
½ tsp of Urad Dal
1 of Red Chili
1 A stalk of Curry Leaves
How to make Puli Inji:
1. Wash, clean, peel and chop Ginger. Here chopping can be done according to our choice. I like to have it as a finely chopped, freshly ground paste and coarsely chopped would also working fine.
2. Heat 1 tsp of cooking oil in the pan, add mustard and urad dal, wait till mustard splutters, then add red chili followed by curry leaves.
3. Once urad dal becomes brown add chopped ginger, and golden fry it in the medium flame by stirring them very often. Make sure, it should not get burned in any way. Once done, keep it aside.
4. Add jaggery to ½ cup of water allow boiling for 2-3 min. Strain it through the metal strainer for removing any impurities. In the medium flame combine 1 cup of water with jaggery extract, chili powder, and tamarind extract and bring it to boil for another 3-4 min, add seasoned ginger and continue to boil till it forms flowing consistency.
If stored properly in the refrigerator, this recipe can last longer for 3-4 weeks. Its perfect to be served with steamed rice. But it also the best companion with roles and Idlis as well.
- ½ cup jaggery
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 lemon size tamarind /5 tbsp of tamarind pulp
- 1 cup hot water
For the making
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp black mustard seeds
- ½ tsp urad dal /skinless black gram
- 1 red chili
- 1 stalk curry leaves
- 1 cup ginger finely chopped
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Over medium heat, in a pan add jaggery and water.
- Allow boil for 3 minutes.
- Then strain it with a metal strainer to remove any impurities. And set aside.
- In a mixing bowl soak tamarind with hot water for 15 minutes.
- Squeeze and extract the juice. And discard the impurities.
- Transfer the tamarind extract to a bowl and set aside
- Over medium heat, in a pan add vegetable oil, black mustard seeds, urad dal, red chili, and curry leaves.
- Wait till mustard seeds splutter and urad dal becomes golden brown.
- Then add chopped ginger, and fry by stirring them very often. Make sure, it should not get burned in any way.
- Now add red chili powder, jaggery syrup, tamarind extract,and salt.
- Bring it to boil for another 7 minutes, or until it becomes a thick flowing consistency.
- Transfer to serving bowl and serve with rice.
Tips and Variations for Puli Inji Recipe:
Try adding grated carrots for little milder taste.