Ginger jam is an easy to prepare digestive jam. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve digestion. It is mainly beneficial for children to increase their appetite. Coriander seeds, ginger & raisins all have medicinal benefits of balancing body temperature. Please check below my grandmother’s recipe for a wonderful ginger jam or inji lehiyum handed over for generations:
Cooking Time : 40 min
- Ginger (inji)- 2 cups (400 g)
- Raisins (ular thratchai) – half cup (100 g)
- Coriander seeds (malli vidhai) – half cup (100 g)
- Jaggery (vellam) – 2 cups (400 g)
- Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp
- Peel ginger & chop them.
- Dry roast coriander seeds in low flame till they release nice aroma.
- In a dry mixer-grinder jar add coriander seeds and grind into a fine powder.
- Add chopped ginger followed by raisins; grind them into a fine paste (without adding water).
- Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan, add ginger paste when it is hot.
- Saute ginger paste until ghee begins to separate (for about 10 min) in medium flame.
- Add jaggery and mix well.
- When the mixture gets thickened, remove from heat.
- Store in a clean dry airtight jar at room temperature.
- My grandmother preferred to use palm jaggery (karuppatti).
- Use black raisins only, if you happen to notice seeds in them, remove them before grinding.
- Be careful while dry roasting coriander seeds, you have to remove from heat before they get burnt; flip them every 10 sec even while roasting in low flame.
- Do not add water while grinding.