Dates Inji puli recipe | Puli Inji curry with dates

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Dates Inji puli recipe | Puli Inji curry with dates that’s a slightly different dish from that of a normal inji puli in sadhya. Not only that we have replaced the jaggery entirely with dates, but the taste is also too good.

When I last posted the Thrissur style inji puli a year back, I had in mind to find an alternative to replace jaggery in the recipe. Also, I had the box full of dates thats not touched by anybody in my house. That’s how I planned to use up those in inji puli.

If you are interested in checking out the other sadhya recipes, there are two sets of recipes:

dates inji puli curry recipe

Dates Inji puli recipe

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Recipe with step by step photos

In a pot, take a lemon sized tamarind in 2.5 cups water and let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

dates inji puli recipe

Meanwhile, heat coconut oil and add finely chopped ginger to it.

dates inji puli recipe

Fry for a minute and add chopped green chilli. fry the mix until ginger is slightly brown.

dates inji puli recipe

Finely chop the dates and add them to the pan. Based on the sweetness of dates, adjust the quantity. Fry for a couple of minutes.

dates inji puli curry recipe

Further, strain and add the tamarind water along with salt required.

Let it boil on medium heat while stirring in between.

When it has reduced to less than half, reduce the flame to simmer and keep stirring until it gets to a jam-like consistency.

Dates Inji puli

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 1 cups


  • 1 lemon sized tamarind
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped ginger
  • 2 long green chilli finely chopped
  • 5 no dates finely chopped
  • salt to taste


  • Boil the tamarind in 2.5 cups water for 5 minutes and rest for 15 minutes
  • squeeze and prepare the tamarind extract. keep it aside until use.
  • Heat oil and fry ginger for a minute. further, add chopped green chilli and fry till ginger is slightly golden.
  • furthermore, add chopped dates and fry for a minute.
  • strain and add tamarind water, salt to taste and mix well.
  • let it boil on medium heat while stirring in between.
  • It has to thicken and become like a jam-like consistency.



  • adjust more/less dates based on its sweetness. 
  • some recipes do call for dry ginger powder. but its optional. 
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