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Inji Puli

Inji Puli, also known as Puli Inji, is a Kerala delicacy. It is usually made with ginger, red or green chillies, tamarind, jaggery and coconut oil. I tried it with red chilli powder and gingelly oil and the taste is good.

Inji Puli

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: PickleCuisine: Indian, KeralaDifficulty: Easy


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This pickle is made with ginger, tamarind and chilli powder.


  • Ginger finely chopped – 1/2 cup

  • Tamarind – a small lemon size

  • Jaggery – a small piece

  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Oil – 2 to 3 tablespoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry Leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Wash the ginger and scrap the skin. Chop it into fine pieces until you have about half cup.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water and squeeze out the juice.
  • In a frying pan add the oil and then mustard. When the mustard pops up, add chopped ginger and fry till its raw smell disappears and changes to slight brown.
  • Add tamarind extract and stir well. Allow the contents to boil for a few minutes.
  • Reduce the oven heat and add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and salt. Stir well and allow to boil. Then add jaggery and allow to cook on medium flame till it becomes semi solid.
  • Finally add fenugreek powder and remove from the stove.
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