Nov 3, 2010

Inji lehyam/ ginger jam- Diwali special

Inji lehyam is especially made during diwali usually by the Tamil brahmins. It is said to have medicinal values which helps in digestion and prevents stomach problems. Its also popularly known as diwali marundhu or medicine. A small portion of this lehyam is served first thing on the diwali morning. Some people even add black pepper and omam/ajwain/carom seeds. Some even use other medicinal herbs for its preperation. At my place, we make it in a very simple manner and it does tastes delicious. So , I thought of sharing this with you all when my grandmother made this today. I am sure it will be quite a useful post for many.
diwali inji lehyam recipeIngredients-
Ginger/inji- 1 cup chopped
Cumin seeds/jeera- 1tbsp
Coriander seeds- 2tbsp
Jaggery- 1 cup
Cardamom powder-1tsp
Ghee/clarified butter-2tsp
Grind the chopped ginger, jeera and coriander seeds to a fine paste. Add few drops of water while grinding.
Heat some water in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the jaggery. Allow the jaggery to melt and keep stirring to a one string consistency.Add the cardamom powder followed by the ground paste. Keep stirring till you get a thick, non sticky ball like consistency. Add the ghee and mix well.
Have a teaspoon of this medicinal jam before you feast on rest of the sweets and savouries.
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