Ginger Jam

Ginger jam is a digestive jam usually prepared during Deepavali. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve the digestion mainly when we enjoyed a sumptuous feast in the previous day. It is also beneficial to children to increase their appetite.

Ginger jam is usually prepared with fresh ginger roots, coriander seeds & raisins and sweetened with jaggery. Coriander seeds, ginger & raisins have medicinal properties of stabilising the body temperature. Now I share my grandmother’s simple recipe for a wonderful ginger jam or inji lehiyum handed over to us for generations:

Cooking Time : 40 min


  1. Ginger (inji)- 2 cups (400 g)
  2. Raisins (ular thratchai) – half cup (100 g)
  3. Coriander seeds (malli vidhai) – half cup (100 g)
  4. Jaggery (vellam) – 2 cups (400 g)
  5. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp

Cooking Method:

  • Wash & peel ginger and chop them roughly.
  • 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 coagulated, remove from heat.
  • Store in a clean dry airtight glass jar at room temperature.

Please Note:

  • My grandmother preferred to use palm jaggery (karuppatti).
  • It is preferred to use black raisins only, if you happen to notice seeds in them, it is better to remove them before grinding.
  • We have to take out the coriander seeds from the pan before they get burnt; we just need to turn them over using a spatula every 10 sec even while roasting in low flame.
  • Do not add water while grinding.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks really interesting! As I’ve recently opened my blog LivingWise Project to other writers too, I’d love to include some of your recipes like this one as a guest post if you would be willing? Let me know! You can email me at livingwiseproject (at) gmail (dot) com.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your nice gesture and I am happy to do a guest post in your blog!

      1. Great thanks! 🙂 I will most likely post it on LWP on Mon or Tue. If you would like me to include your Gravatar image, let me know your Gravatar email! (you can email me)

      2. Megala says:

        I have sent an email to you now.

  2. Gomathy says:

    Useful. Revisiting grandma days for well being, the natural way. Kudos

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks. Will try posting our grandma’s recipes as many as possible. 🙂

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