Puli Inji or Injipuli is a special traditional Kerala pickle prepared during Onam festivals (sadyas) and no kerala feast (sadya) is complete without puli inji or inji puli. It is famous for its special flavors it gets its heat from the chillies, spiciness and flavor from the ginger, sweetness from jaggery, and tartness from tamarind make this unique Kerala special pickle.
Cuisine: South India Recipe
Dish Type: Side Dish
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients of Puli Inji-Inji Puli Recipe
Ginger:1/2 cup /200grms /0.55lb finely chopped or minced
Tamarind paste: 3 heaped tsp or Tamarind pulp : 250 grams /2 small lemon sized
Green Chilly: 2-3 /100 grams finely chopped)
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder: 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds: 1/4 tsp
Roasted Fenugreek Powder: couple of pinches
Asafetida : a pinch
Small onion: 5 (finely chopped) (Optional)
Dry Red Chilly: 2-3 (broken)
Jaggery : 1/4 cup /50 grams or according to taste
Curry leaves: 2 sprig 2 sprig
Coconut Oil : 3 tbsp
Water: 11/2 cup
Salt to taste
How to make Puli Inji-Inji Puli Recipe
Step 1: Soak the tamarind, in 1 cup of hot water for a 10-15 minutes, then squeeze the tamarind to extract the juice and filter the tamarind juice to get the extract, Or else, dilute the tamarind paste in the water. Set aside.
Step 2: Peel the ginger and chop finely, pour the chopped ginger into salt water and keep it there for 5 minutes,and drain it.
Step 3: Heat coconut oil in a kadai or in a earthen pot (manchatti) and fry the ginger until its brown.
Step 4: Remove the fried ginger on to tissue paper to remove the oil and keep it aside.
Step 5: Grind the fried ginger in a mixer grinder to get it finely crushed.
Step 6: On the same a kadai or preferably an earthen pot (manchatti) and pour the tamarind juice,add salt,chilly powder and turmeric powder and combine well.
Step 7: Bring to boil, reduce the flame to low and cook for 10 minutes,so that the gravy gets thick.
Step 8: Add 1 cup of hot water with jaggery and mix well, filter it and keep that aside.
Step 9: Heat oil in a kadai/pan,add mustard seeds, when it splutter add chopped onion,chopped dry red chilly,chopped green chilly and curry leaves and saute till brown colour.
Step 10: Pour this mixture to the cooked tamarind water.
Step 11: Add the crushed ginger, and jaggery water ,reduce the flame, allow the mixture to boil, until the mixture is thick, pulpy and reduced by half.
Step 12: Add salt and adjust flavors, as needed. When it attains the semi-thick consistency, switch off the flame, and remove it from the fire.
Step 13: Cool and transfer into a barani/sterilized jar or bottle and leave to settle for an hour and Enjoy!
Step by Step Process How to Make Puli Inji-Inji Puli Recipe with Photo:
Step 1: Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of hot water, for a 10-15 minute, then squeeze the tamarind to extract the juice and filter the tamarind juice to get the extract, or else, dilute the tamarind paste in the water. Set aside.
Step 2: Take a kadai, or preferably an earthen pot (manchatti), pour 2 tbsp of cocount oil.
Step 3: Add and splutter mustard seeds.
Step 4: Add fenugreek seeds.
Step 5: Add chopped green chilies over a medium-low heat and fry it for a second.
Step 6: Add curry leaves and dry red chilies and saute until crisp.
Step 7: Add chopped or miced ginger and fry unti the ginger is brown over a medium-low heat until the ginger is brown.
Step 8: Add turmeric powder, chili powder, asafetida, fenugreek powder and mix well for couple of seconds.
Step 9: Pour the jaggery water, and allow to boil; stirring occasionally until the mixture is semi thick.
Step 10: Pour in the tamarind water and cook everything together, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick, pulpy and reduced by half.
Step 11: Add salt and adjust flavors, as needed.When it attains the semi thick consistency, switch off the flame and remove from the fire.