Inji Curry

An integral part of Kerala Sadhya Recipe. Inji (ginger) curry is a flavourful side dish perfectly balancing sweetness and sourness.

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Inji Curry
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Inji Curry

Traditional Kerala Sadya recipe. Inji Curry packs a punch with the wonderful flavor combination os sweet, sour and spicy.
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Course: Dip
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, Kerala Cuisine, South Indian
Keyword: Inji Curry, Kerala Recipes, Onam Recipes, Sadya, Sadya Recipes
Servings: 3
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 100 gms Ginger
  • Small lime size Tamarind
  • 2 tsp Chilly powder
  • 3 tsp Coriander powder
  • Gooseberry size Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek powder
  • Coconut oil


  • Cut the cleaned ginger in round slices. Fry them in coconut oil, till it's golden brown.
    Step 1 inji Curry
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  • Crush the fried ginger using a mortar and pestle.
    Step 2 Inji Curry
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  • Add 2 tbsp of water to tamarind and make a pulp. Add chilly powder, coriander powder, jaggery and salt. Mix well.
    Step 3 inji Curry
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  • Add crushed ginger and 1/2cup of water to this and mix well.
    Step 4 Inji Curry
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  • Heat oil in the same pan (you can use the remaining oil) in which you fried ginger and splutter mustard. Add curry leaves and the tamarind, jaggery & ginger mixture. Let it boil till it becomes thick, around 8 – 10 mins. Add fenugreek powder & mix. Remove from fire.
    Step 5 Inji Curry
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Once it is cooled completely, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for for a week or so.
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31 thoughts on “Inji Curry”

  1. Hi Maria,

    Tried all your ONAM recipes made a fantastic sadhya,as it was my first ONAM after marriag ,enjoyed trying out your recipes,sadhya was scrumptious especially my husband liked this inji curry.
    Thank you so much Maria……your recipes ROCKZZZZ…….(y) (y)


  2. hi maria,
    i tried this recipe today. i added 1/2 tsp on fried Fenugreek powder at the end and it turn out tasting very bitter. :-(

  3. hi Maria…wishing you & your family a very Happy Onam in advance,I love your recipes & I share with my friends here in Kathmandu,Nepal

    • Thank you Krish! Great to know that you like the recipes and thanks for sharing it…

      Wish you too a happy onam in advance! Do you celebrate it on a large scale?


  4. Hai Maria, I am new in your blog but i wonder to see most of recipes are very simple.  I like it.  Expect more from you…….

  5. hi maria,i tried almost all your vegetarian recipes and it all came out very well.i tried recipes frm other blogs also,but none of them came out satisfactorily,dont know can u pls pls add more veg recipes?

    • Hi Ranjini,

      wow! I’m thrilled to read your comment. Thanks a lot for such a sweet comment :) I will try to include more veg recipes…


    • Hi Ranjini,

      wow! I’m thrilled to read your comment. Thanks a lot for such a sweet comment :) I will try to include more veg recipes…


  6. hey maria, 
                  tried your injicurry, tastiest ,easiest wonderful recipe thax a lot .
        looking for more good recipes frm you
                                                               best wishes

  7. hi maria

    how abt using sugar instead of jaggery… becoz i donno any dishes made using jaggery, i dont keep a stock of that

    • Hi Reena,

      This is a traditional Onam recipe & I guess using jaggery is ideal if you want to have the true taste of this dish.

      I havent tried it yet with sugar & hence I’m not sure how it’ll be. Also I guess to get this brownish trademark color of inji curry, you may have to caramelize the sugar & use it.


  8. It’s the first time i visited your website, I would like to remind you that it would be best if you could put the recipes truely well in English term as European people nowadays enjoy indian cooking, like me I wanted to try your recipe but I don’t know what “”ada”” mean and it put me off . no offence meant .thank you

    • Hi Rashida,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback.

      I usually try my best to give the english name of the ingredients. However for certain ingredients I’m not very sure/cant find the appropriate English term for the same and hence I tend to leave it in Malayalam itself.

      Hope you find some interesting recipes here and try it out too. Your feedback is always welcome.


      • @Maria, hii Maria..
        thanks a lot for all ur Onam recipes..i made Avival,Inji curry,Parippu curry,Carrot and beans thoran,Pavaka pachadi and ada pradhaman..everything came out well…tasty and yummy :)got good comments..the credit goes to mariasmenu..
        we had a good onam with family and friends
        thank u..God bless u

        • Hi Ramya,

          WOW!! You almost made the entire veggie recipes from here, thanks a ton dear :) I’m really happy that you liked all the recipes.

          Thanks for the wishes too…


  9. Hello Maria,

    I have tried out this recipe..turned out to be one of the best dishes I have made during xmas lent:)

  10. i stay in cairo and there are not mny indians or asians around the place i stay….so i have to go to a supermarket or mall where there are lots of indians and thats where i get fresh ginger……the shops around my apartment do not keep fresh ginger….and its also quite expensive around here

    • Hi Priya

      Hope you had a wonderful Onam!! Happy to know that Inji curry came out well, that too with dry ginger :)

      We had been to Cairo four years back. It reminded me of Bombay :) Anyways, I didnt know that its difficult to get Indian stuff there.


  11. i made inji curry with the dry ginger and it did come out lovely….my true mallu hubby said it was smelling wonderful as i was making it….and he also said that it tasted wonderful….the recipe for inji curry i have is almost similiar except that there is coconut in it and no jaggery

    happy onam to you and ur family too…hope you have a wonderful time

  12. can i make this with dry ginger powder………probably if i roast the ginger with oil and make it…….i dont have access to fresh ginger before onam

    • Hi priya

      I’ve made this only with fresh ginger. however as you’ve written if you roast the dry giger powder first and then mix it with tamarind pulp, it might work :) Its sad that you dont have access to fresh ginger :(, anyways
      hope it comes out well…

      Happy onam to you and your family!


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