Inji Curry(sweet and sour ginger sauce.)

May  2, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 5
Author Notes

Inji Kari is easily described as a sweet and sour ginger sauce. This particular recipe was my father in law’s favorite, and my mother in low made sure it was on the table for lunch every day for more than ten years. I like to remember this recipe by his name; we used to call him ‘Acha’.

What You'll Need
  • 5.291 ounces Fresh Ginger
  • 5.291 ozs ounces Shallots
  • 2 pieces Green chilly
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chilly powder
  • 2 teaspoons ripe tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 pieces Dry red chili
  • 1/4 cup Molasses syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  1. Mince ginger, shallots, and green chilly fine
  2. Soak the tamarind pulp in water
  3. Heat oil in a heavy pan, add the mustard seeds, when it splutters add the red chili, curry leaves, then the minced ingredients(ginger, shallots and green chili), fry on low flame till light brown, remove from flame
  4. Add chili powder, coriander and turmeric powder, return to flame fry on low fire, to this add the soaked tamarind juice , and the molasses syrup
  5. Simmer till oil separates and the curry gets a saucy consistency, taste for salt

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4 Reviews

Jungle J. August 22, 2010
Where does one buy fresh Curry Leaves? I live in Maine and have never seen them, even in Asian markets. Also, is there a more definitive botanical name, as Bangladeshi Curry Leaf is a compound leaf from a tree or woody shrub, whereas Sri Lankan Curry Leaf is a single leaf radiating from a central whirl from a plant. And then again a friend gave me a sprig of her curry leaf that looked like sprigs of small sage! - Jungle Jeff
Sagegreen August 22, 2010
I found them at my Asian grocer. You can also order good dry ones online at such places as Savory Spice:
pauljoseph August 22, 2010
Curry leaf Jungle Jeff few of my friends live in Vermont I can find from them where they get fresh curry leaf and let you know soon
Sagegreen August 22, 2010
I am also interested in knowing more about the species, too. pauljoseph has some pretty amazing photos on his picasa site illustrating ingredients; we are really lucky to have you pauljoseph! A drive to Portland or certainly Boston you can find fresh curry, if you can't get someone to special order them for you. I have found that fresh curry leaves freeze pretty well. Have you noticed we can't get kaffir lime leaves anymore? I have a few left in my freezer. I hope the ban in the U.S. will be lifted soon.