Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Puli Inji

Puliyinji 1
Tamarind                    --  a small lemon size ball
Water                            --  1 cup
Ginger                           --  Around half a cup of chopped ginger
Garlic                            --  3 big cloves    
Shallots                        --  2 medium size
Green Chillies            --  4 - 5
Turmeric powder    --   1/4 tsp
Chilly powder           --   1/2 tsp
Fenugreek                  --  1/2 tsp
Rice                               --  1 tsp
Jaggery                       --  2 small blocks/cylinders
Mustard seeds          --  1 tsp
Curry leaves             --  1 twig
Red Chillies               --  1 - 2
Salt                               --  as  required
Oil                                 --  2 - 3 tbsp
Preparation of Puli Inji:
Soak the tamarind in water for 10 - 15 min.Squeeze the pulp of the tamarind in the water. Strain it and keep aside.
Roughly chop the ginger, garlic, shallots and green chillies. Fry them in oil until they are half cooked. Let it cool and then grind it into a coarse paste.
Puliyinji 3
Add the salt,turmeric and chilly powder to the tamarind water and let it boil. Add the ground paste and jaggery and mix well. You can also melt the jaggery before and add the liquid to this mix. I am usually lazy to melt is before and hence add the whole block into this boiling water mix.
Do not close the pan and keep stirring too.
Meanwhile dry roast the fenugreek and rice and then grind them into fine powder.Add this powder to the tamarind mix, when it is about to reach the required consistency. Switch off the flame. This thickens as it cools.
Heat oil in a shallow pan. Splutter the mustard seeds, add the red chillies and curry leaves. Pour this on to the puli inji along with the oil left in the pan.
Puliyinji 2
The balance between the tamarind & jaggery  and the required consistency depends upon personal taste. So do accordingly. I love it to be really thick and hence I do let it dry as show in the picture.
This can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time. The above measure yields me a 200gm Bru bottle.This can be served with sadya or with biriyani. I know people who love to have this with idly too.


  1. Wow tongue tickling pickle..luv it with curd rice

  2. One of my fav ...looks so gud n tempting

  3. I am definitely going to try his one looks and sounds yummy and I do not need any accompaniment with this chutney.Can have loads of it just like that

  4. Puli inji looks perfect...drooling over your pics...

  5. Slurp,mouthwatering here..

  6. Looks lipsmacking!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Looks very tasty:) i don't know what is inji.

  8. Delicious and tangy,kandittu kothiyavunnu

  9. Loved all the ingredients going in there- YUM!
    US Masala

  10. puli inji looks mouthwatering.........first time here.........u hav a nice space........happy 2 follow u.......pls visit my space vn u r free.......

  11. Puli inji looks very yummy.Never tried this.Makes me tempting.

  12. drool worthy making me drool:)

  13. That looks so perfect n yummy Nitha

  14. the colour is super rich..
    oh and also...tht mango pickle is to die for :)

  15. Slurp,mouthwatering here..

  16. Must be awesome with the khatta-meetha taste.

  17. ithundel pinne chorunnan neikku vere curry onnum venda...
    sukham thanne alle Nitha?

  18. Delicious puli inji. Tempting pics too. Like the presentation also. Yummy.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  19. Entha tempting click! Ethu ente fav annu pakshe undakkan valiya madiya...Kashtapettu undakki kazhinju enikku 2 divasam kazhikkan polum thikayilla :(

  20. healthy food...urs looks the color..
    drop by my blog when you get time..
    thanks in advance:)

  21. wow..kandittu thanne kothi aakunnu....nalla super ayittu undakkittundu...

  22. healthy n your authentic version..
    Tasty Appetite

  23. Dear Nitha
    How are you? Great recipe and very new for me. I like it. I wish I cd cook it today ...:-(
    Have a nice weekend

  24. pickle followed by puli inji...delicious indeed.

  25. Wow... Wat a mouth watering one. Looks so scrumptious. YUM!

  26. truly tongue tickling. would be awesome with curd rice. bookmarked. Inviting you to follow my blog too.

  27. mouthwatering recipe and click.

  28. my favourite...really mouth watering...ugran blog..amazing !!

  29. wow! never had onions and garlic in puli inji - this is a new and delicious approach - wonderfully inviting picture :)