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.

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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.

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  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.

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