Inji curry aka Puli Inji - Onam Sadya Special

Fried Ginger In a tangy sauce
I am sure there would not be any malayali out there , Who doesn't like the very festival of Onam and the feast, Onam Sadya. Along with the unbeatable taste of all those traditional recipes served, it carries a lot of nostalgia for most of us. If someone says " I am from Kerala" there are a lot of inherent meanings in It." I love coconuts, I cherish "Onam holidays and Ona Sadya" and it is a nostalgic chapter in the book of my life [along with many other things :)].But sometimes I wonder why some people wouldn't admit it? 
We even had exmas in school named after Onam ;), which i used to write thinking about the days and the feast coming after that.The endless oonjalattom with neighborhood kids and cousins, one day -two day trips to some places and movies and the song  
"Onathappa kudavayara Onam unnan oodi vaa"...Times of endless and ineffable joy!!!! 

The family will gather in one siblings house every year on Thiruvonam day and make a huge yummy feast.the servants are given off that day, and Every single one in the family will be in the kitchen , chopping , cooking and we kids would be the one getting the banana leaves...there comes the sadya, everyone was looking forward too. I am never attracted to Payasams or anything sweet, as a kid and even now ;). but loved all the other stuffs. 
Avial, Sambar, koottu curry, Thoran, Pachadi,Kichadi , Pappadom( i need atleast 10) , Upperi, Olan, kaalan, Erissery, Parippu curry, and Inji curry is our fav....
 The kick of fried  ginger and chili along with the sweetness of jaggery is awesome!!!!!  There are lot of different variations in making this Inju curry in different parts of Kerala and even the name, For some this is Inji curry and for some it is Puli Inji. But my mom has made a dstinction between these two, when she makes  Inji curry it will have roasted coconut paste in it like Anita's and Puli inji doesnt have it , . I have both the recipes here today for you,!!!!
Recipe for Inji curry
Ginger - 100 gms
Tamarind pulp - 1 tsp - 2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tsp( or use ordinary sugar)
Fenugreek seeds - a pinch - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds 
Curry leaves 
Salt to taste
Oil
For roasting and Grinding 
Grated coconut -1/4 - 1/2 cup
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Method:-
Peel and cut the ginger into round pieces. Fry it till brown and drain on a kitchen towel. 
Crush the fried ginger pieces in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
Dissolve tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water and Bring to boil by adding Brown sugar. 
Simmer for 5-7 minutes and remove from fire.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry grated coconut, till it turns brown . 
Add all the powders in Roasting section and switch off the heat. Grind it to a very fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds. When they pop up add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves. 
Add the coconut paste and tamarind water and bring to boil. 
Stir in fried and crushed ginger pieces and simmer till the gravy thickens. 
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator,will last for 3 weeks.

Recipe for Puli Inji
Ginger - 100 gms
Tamarind pulp - 1 -2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tsp( or use ordinary sugar)
Fenugreek seeds - a pinch - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Kaayam - 1 pinch (optional)

Mustard seeds 
Curry leaves 
Salt to taste
Oil

Method
Peel and cut the ginger into round pieces. Fry it till brown and drain on a kitchen towel. 
Crush the fried ginger pieces in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
Dissolve tamarind pulp in 2 cups of water and Bring to boil by adding Brown sugar and chili and turmeric powders
Simmer for 3-4 minutes and remove from fire.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they pop up add curry leaves and fenugreek seeds. 
Add ginger and tamarind water and bring to boil. Simmer till the gravy thickens and sprinkle asafoetida 
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator, will last for 3 weeks.
Cheers!!!
Sarah  

66 comments:

Kairali sisters said...

Sarah..ente fav anu, njan weekend undakunundallo..PIcs super, Puli injium super duper...

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Prathibha said...

Love the flavor of ginger....looks very appetizing

Pari said...

I make this too and just love it, will surely try the peanut version. Awesome clicks dear
FOODELICIOUS

Laya said...

oh sarah, what a beautiful clicks.the 2nd picture is simple wonderful. My husband was pestering me to make this for ona sadya , and now i m surely going to try this.all click is very nice

nandini said...

Hey coincidence. We celebrated Onam at my little school today and made the parippu payasam for onam sadhya. This is my absolute favourite. Lip smacking... The problem with this is i dont know when to stop. Yummy!.

revati said...

Hi, I am a regular visitor here . i came to us recently , in MN and i knew nothing of cooking. Your site is actually helping me a lot sarah naveen.I am planning to make a good sadya for my hubby and friends and i have send you mail yesterday asking you for the quantity i should use. Waiting for your reply.

ganga said...

puli injiyum picturesum adipoli

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! yummy...would love to try this..

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

yummy recipe!!

Rachana said...

OMG! This is such a beautiful post. The recipes are just too tempting and the beautiful pics make this post even more lovely.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Yummyyy..randu curry yum assalayittundu.Love that color.

Swathi said...

Onam vannu alle Sarah, Inji curry and puli inji adipoli. Nice recipes. I love them as always.

Cooking Gallery said...

Beaituful pictures and the curry sauce looks like something to die for...!!

Cooking Gallery said...

Sorry, I meant 'beautiful' ;)!

Guna's kitchen said...

oh.. completely new to me.... but very intresting... beautifully clicked.. bookmarked it

Suja Sugathan said...

Wow Sarah..beautiful clicks, very tempting..njan weekendil undakam ennu vicharichirikukaya.

Kamalika said...

Beautiful clicks dear...tempting dish....

Dear no problem.....mail me when you will be free.....will be gald to get in touch with you....

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Very tempting...I'm going to try this for sure !!! Awesome pics Sarah !

Ananda Rajashekar said...

flower Kolam is something that strikes me when I think of Onam, and we have had competition in our schools.....i was active participant :) love those days! .....mouthwatering Inji Puli Sarah Happy Onam :)

Satya said...

love the flavore of inji very much ...both the recipes looks delicious

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Cooking Blog Indexer said...

inji curry...yum yum..i was also planning to make....

Pavithra Srihari said...

what a pictur what a picture !!! My tongue is just started licking my lips seeinh this pics ....

aipi said...

Toatally new 2 me..looks awesome!!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

What a lovely pictures! Sound interesting and delicious..

An Open Book said...

im really drooling listening to the onam sadya items...pakshe undakkan kshama undavilla most of the time :)

Krishnaveni said...

inviting dish, looks great

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful sauce...mmm. Thanks very much for sharing.

Suman Singh said...

WOW..that looks so inviting..amazing pictures..drooling over here..slurpp.

Gulmohar said...

I love this...and sadya on vazhayila...wooohhoo

Yummy Team said...

I love love inji curry..Superb pictures, sarah..

women-wisdom.com said...

A yummy tempting recipe. Gingi flavour is my ever favourite flavour. I am loving it.

Madhavi said...

First of all amazing clicks, and this looks delicious. New for me!!

Indie.Tea said...

I saved your recipes in my bookmarks...they look SO delicious. Plus (being North Indian) I have no idea how to make any of those special Onam dishes (and I'd like to 'cause I'm recently married to a person from Kerala :)

? said...

Beautiful clicks Sarah; we make this dish in a very different way.

Nitha said...

adipoli... njanum undaakkunnundallo...

Nandini said...

I love Puli inji. Beautiful post and presentation:)

Sushma Mallya said...

I have never tasted this one but your pics looks too good ...

Reshmi said...

ohh onam ingu ethiyathu pole thonunu sarah....superb picture...what an idea of presentation skill u hve....naatile orma verunnu...really divine...

Gouri Guha said...

This looks great and so yummy.

jais said...

wow grt dear ente ammede oru special anu ithu same method il anu undakkunnathu

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Clicks are so inviting Sarah....
Deepa

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Very tempting and droolworthy puli inji..

Nostalgia said...

Thanks for the double dhamaka.. fantastic.

Biren said...

THis inji curry will be a great condiment with some rice and meat curry.

5 Star Foodie said...

The inji curry sounds terrific, what an incredible blend of spices!

jeyashrisuresh said...

thats amazing sarah.new one to me.

Mallugirl said...

wow onam already!! i am busy with ramzan items and now u are making me yearn an onam sadya!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mouthwatering! Awesome photography!

Julie said...

Sounds great! I never seen a recipe like this. Looks so new to me..I wanna try it. Thanks for sharing.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv the clicks....and this inji perfect combo with curd rice

Madhu said...

Perfect! I have a friend from Kerala and I sneak away some pickles from here every now and then. I guess i could try this at home now! Thanks Sarah!

vineetha said...

Happy onam dear..Puli inji super ayitundallo..vayil vellam oori...

kothiyavunu.com said...

adipoli da..superayitunduttoo..looks so tempting!!!

Radhika said...

I love everything that is served in Sadhya. Inji curry and Puli inji both make me drool. Happy Onam.

Nithu said...

Looks so tempting. Bookmarked.

Jaleela Kamal said...

mouthwatering recipe.sara/
Happy Onam

Babli said...

Very nice, yummy and mouth watering dish.

Sangi said...

wow!luks gr8 sara...happy onam dear

vinitha said...

was looking around for recipes as this is my first onam after my wedding.. nt makin too many things but inji curry had to b on the list! :) thank u..
n onashamsagal:)

lissie said...

both the recipes sound great! nice clicks too.. I too have posted one in my blog.. :)

Becky said...

Yummy, will surely try the peanut version. Awesome clicks dear, thanx for sharing.

vimala said...

Hi sarah,
Beautiful photography. What camera model are you using?. Eager to know that. I have been looking for Inji curry recipe, but this looks more like a pickle, yet very delicious.

Allison Clark said...

I think I have to try it. It looks great and delicious.

Rafeeda said...

i always wanted an puli inji recipe as it is one i just love... thank you so much, i am definitely trying this over the weekend... :)

Anonymous said...

Hi.... I'm new to your blog and want to try out the inji curry... But i don't know how to make the tamarind pulp. I have kodampuli and vaalampuli. Can u tell me how to make the pulp.
Thank you

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