Thursday, April 21, 2011

Puli Inji

Puli in malayalam means Tamarind and Inji means Ginger. Puli Inji is nothing but ginger and tamarind cooked together along with various other ingredients which results in sweet, spicy, tangy tastes. This is one of the important dish served in a sadhya(A meal served in a banana leaf with many varieties of dishes).

Tamarind/Tamarind pulp-Lemon size/3 tbsp      
Ginger - 1/4 cup( finely chopped)
Green chillies - 5 (cut in round shape)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery -  5 cubes or more acc to taste
Salt to taste
Coconut oil -  2tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Dry red chillies - 2 no
Curry leaves - 1 stalk
Rice-1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds /uluva-1/4 tsp

Method Of Preparation:
1. Roast the rice and fenugreek till it becomes crisp.Powder it and keep aside.
2. Soak the tamarind in 1/2 cup warm water for some time. Squeeze the tamarind and pour the extract into a deep pan,add a cup of water to it.If using pulp just add  a cup of water.Add salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder and bring it to boil (do not cover with lid). Reduce heat and simmer for some time.
3. Add the chopped ginger, green chilly, jaggery cubes and let it simmer until it reaches a medium thick consistency, stirring occasionally. Takes about 45 min to become medium thick. Add extra jaggery and mix during this process if tamarind taste stands out.Once it becomes medium thick switch off heat.Add the rice powder and mix well.
4.Heat oil in a small pan. Sputter mustard, fry the dry red chillies and curry leaves. Pour over puli inji.

1. Adding rice powder helps to thicken puli inji.
2. Wait for a day before using Puli inji. It tastes great the next day.
3. If used with a clean spoon and stored properly(refrigerate) stays good for nearly 3 weeks to a month.


  1. Nice hot and sour puli inji...this is one of my favourite...

  2. aiyo! this is my favorite oorgai - salivating over it - what amazing flavors fgo into it!! Super post dear :)

  3. Adipoli...I like both inji curry and puli inji...

  4. Mouthwatering here, adipoli so yummy.

  5. Adipoli puli inji. ente favorite.

  6. Your Puli inji look so tempting.I am happy I have some of this in my refrigerator right now.

  7. Puli inji looks delicious.Craving for yogurt rice and puli inji.

  8. puli inchi looks perfect...choorinde koode adipoli ayirikkum...urappu..:)

  9. my mouth waters even at hearing abt it....its yummy and appetising

  10. tamarind chutney is too good!...need pakoras now!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  11. Delicious and hot n tangy curry

  12. So groovy and glossy it looks...Nice puli inji...

  13. This is so great, the color is perfect!

  14. tamarind tempting me more..i like the combination much..

  15. Slurp,fingerlicking yummy puli inji..

  16. Love the color and texture of your Puli Inji...Simply too good..

  17. U got a very good site and lots of interesting recipes ...thanks for dropping by my site

  18. For me this is a finger licking dish. Lovely. My mom used to make this more often. I love this a lot.

  19. perfect and this!!

  20. Tongue tickling & yummy!!! I have heard of this but never really tasted it..It is to be had with rice?? Here we make a similar prepn to be had with udipi style kichdi..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  21. @ prathima:Its a dish that is served at the side in kerala sadya, something like chutney/pickle....A mixture of sweet and sour taste with the spicyness from ginger and chilly.

  22. hmmm...feeling Nostalgic! Back home we had many kerala neighbours.Every occasion one bowl of inji puli use to come to our house!:)

  23. So yummy and delicious chutney ...


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