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Inji Thuvaiyal | இஞ்சி துவையல் Inji Thogayal | South Indian Ginger Chutney

As we enter the mid peak of summer here, comfort foods and light summer meals like khichdi, kadhi, rasam, raita and thogayals are making their way to the lunch menu. Thogayal or thuvaiyals are thick lentil-tamarind chutneys which are mixed with steamed rice (now also with millets / quinoa) and sesame oil in South Indian homes. Sometimes, a vegetable base is also added like this amazingly delish Red Cabbage Thogayal

What are the different thogayals that are usually made ?

Thuvayals can be made with Ridgegourd (peerkangai), Karivepalai (Curry leaves), Chow chow (chayote Squash), Pudina, Thengai (just coconut+spices), Paruppu (Lentils only) or even Kovakkai (ivygourd). All of these go very well with Rasam Rice / Plain steamed rice / Curd rice, and keeps well for 2-3 days under refrigeration.

What is usually served with Thogayal?

Like most Tamil household dishes, this too takes me back to my paati (maternal grandma) who would make this along with Jeera Milagu Rasam. And served with hot rice and ghee / sesame oil, you really didnt need any other accompaniment. My elder one and husband also love this Thogayal so I make it in a rather large batch and we eat it over several days. My husband loves this with lots of tempering (tadka) so I made this especially for him over a weekend, and it got polished off. Some people love thogayal with kootu, rice , rasam and some ghee drizzled on top.

Inji Thogaiyal or Inji Thuvayal  is a South Indian Condiment made with Fresh Ginger, Coconut and basic kitchen spices. Served with Hot rice and Sesame oilPin

How is Thogayal different from the usual chutneys?

Apart from the consistency (runny vs not-so-runny at all), the primary difference between chutney and thuvaiyal is the use of tamarind and fried lentils in the latter along with the fact that it is used to mix it with rice, Whereas chutney is primarily used with Idli / Dosa / Pongal etc. Thuvaiyal / Thogayal is therefore an important condiment in the everyday tamil menu that it provides a balanced dish as well cleanses the palate for the next course. 

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Inji Thogaiyal or Inji Thuvayal is a South Indian Condiment made with Fresh Ginger, Coconut and basic kitchen spices. Served with Hot rice and Sesame oilPin

Tips to make a great thogayal

  1. For all Thogayals, grind the ingredients first without water into a dry coarse powder, and only then add enough water just to moisten it lightly and then grind it thick.
  2. Dry roast all ingredients, cool and then grind in short bursts (see last tip below) for best results. This roasting also increases the shelf life of the thogayal
  3. Again, many households make this thuvayal without coconut, but I add in a batch of coconut to counter the fiery spice from the ginger. and some households use green chillies in both thuvaiyal and chutneys, but I always prefer Red chillies. 
  4. Shallots / garlic is not added in Tambrahm thogayals, although some people do add them
  5. Tempering for thogayals is optional, but at my place we love all thogayals with extra tempering 🙂
  6. Thogayals are best ground in a grinding stone – a long slab of stone with a cylindrical stone on top to grind it over that (ammikal in Tamil) to give a rustic feel of the dish. In the absence of an ammikal, grind any thogayal in short pulse mode than 1st or 2nd speed. We need the consistency to be thick and the texture quite coarse.

Do make this and let me know how you liked it.

Inji Thogaiyal or Inji Thuvayal is a South Indian Condiment made with Fresh Ginger, Coconut and basic kitchen spices. Served with Hot rice and Sesame oilPin

Let’s make Inji Thogayal / Thuvayal

Course : Sides / Condiments / Accompaniment Spice : Medium to High

Prep time : 15 mins, Cook time : 10 mins : Serves : 4 

Ingredients to make Inji Thogayal

  • 50 grams Fresh ginger (Inji)
  • 4 TBSP Split black gram (Urad dal)
  • 4 Dry Red chillies (adjust spice)
  • 25 grams Tamarind (or use 1 tsp tamarind paste)
  • 1/2 cupFresh Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery (optional but recommended)
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida (hing, skip for GF)
  • Oil – 1 tsp

Tempering (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Urad dal

How to make Inji Thogayal:

  1. In a deep bottomed pan, heat oil. Fry all ingredients except salt and jaggery under “ingredients” list one by one. Let the lentils brown and the ginger sauté well. Cool and grind with little water to a thickish paste.
  2. We don’t need it runny like a chutney. 
  3. Add salt and jaggery and mix well.
  4. Now prepare the tempering with the ingredients above, and add to the thogayal.
  5. Serve immediately with hot rice and ghee / sesame oil. 
Inji Thogaiyal or Inji Thuvayal is a South Indian Condiment made with Fresh Ginger, Coconut and basic kitchen spices. Served with Hot rice and Sesame oilPin

Inji Thuvaiyal | Inji Thogayal

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Inji Thogaiyal or Inji Thuvayal  is a South Indian Condiment made with Fresh Ginger, Coconut and basic kitchen spices. Served with Hot rice and Sesame oil
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Chutney, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 50 grams Fresh ginger Inji
  • 4 TBSP split black gram Urad dal
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies adjust spice
  • 25 grams Dry Tamarind or use 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery optional but recommended
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida hing, skip for GF
  • 1 tsp Oil

tempering

  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Urad dal / Split black gram

Instructions
 

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  • In a deep bottomed pan, heat oil. Fry all ingredients except salt and jaggery under “ingredients” list one by one. Let the lentils brown and the ginger sauté well. Cool and grind with little water to a thickish paste.
  • We don’t need it runny like a chutney.
  • Add salt and jaggery and mix well.
  • Now prepare the tempering with the ingredients above, and add to the thogayal.
  • Serve immediately with hot rice and ghee / sesame oil.

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38 Comments

  1. Suma Gandlur

    Flavorful chutney that works for breakfast dishes too. Coincidentally I too haven't posted this yet on my blog.

  2. cookingwithsapana

    Inji chutney looks flavorful and delicious.Good one to pair with rice.

  3. Torviewtoronto

    looks fabulous and delicious

  4. This is a new type of ginger chutney for me. Adding coconut sounds sooo yummy!! Will try this soon.

  5. That's one flavorsome thogayal you got there!

  6. vaishali sabnani

    I am bookmarking all the chutneys posted during this BM. My son will soon have a feast . The ginger chutney definitely sounds delicious.

  7. Amara’s cooking

    Addition of coconut to the chutney is flavorful and I have to try it soon:)

  8. I was expecting this thogayal from you for this alphabet. addition of coconut is very interesting

  9. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    That is a lovely recipe and I have never made it myself before. Bookmarking this to try soon 🙂

  10. The Pumpkin Farm

    this is something similar to what is served at gajalee…i will make this one soon…it will be great for digestion i believe

  11. Priya Suresh

    Lipsmacking here, seriously love this thuvayal with rasam rice.

  12. Same pinch for inji. I posted thokku though. Love this combo. Rasam rice and inji chutney. amazing

  13. Nalini's Kitchen

    I was planned to share Inji thogayal then settled in Idiyappam.Finger licking thogayal,love to have it with rice drizzled with ghee.We do make this way except jaggery.

  14. Smruti Ashar

    I have never tried a chutney using ginger. Such a flavorful combination!

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    This thuvayal with rice is such a classic combination. I can have this any time of the day. With lots of tempering thuvayal looks so nice..

  16. MySpicyKitchen

    For some reason i thought inji is tamarind. I love this chutney but never comes out good when I make it at home. The recipe I follow does have coconut in it.

  17. Lovely ginger chutney. I think this is the winner for the letter I, right?

  18. Chef Mireille

    wow what a flavorful chutney

  19. Hot rice, Inji thogayal and kootu ….perfect combo. Looks very inviting kal

  20. Loved your platter. Hot rice with some gingelly oil and inji thogayal is a perfect lunch!!

  21. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Have not tried Inji Thogayal before but it sure sounds very tempting. Enjoying it with rice is making my mouth water. Will have to give this chutney a try as soon as I get some fresh coconut.

    • it is indeed mouth watering, you may try a small batch of this thogayal with dessicated coconut but it won’t be the same as using fresh / frozen coconut

  22. 5 stars
    My favorite thogayal anytime and I make it the same way as yours with coconut. The sweetness from the coconut cuts the spice level of ginger and makes it subtle on the palate. V loves to mix thogayal with rice and pair it with cabbage kootu 🙂

  23. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    Inji thogayal looks so delicious. It is an easy recipe and ginger has lots of health benefits too. Will try it sometime.

  24. 5 stars
    Inji thogayal looks absolutely irresistible. One of the most flavourful and delicious thogayal. Serving it with milagu rasam is a pure bliss.

  25. 5 stars
    Have never tasted inji thgayal as yet. Sounds extremely flavourful will make some to serve on Ugadi day.

  26. Priya Srinivasan

    5 stars
    Ahaa superb kalyani! Inji thuvaiyal with some steaming hot rice and gingely oil is bliss on plate! Such a mouth-watering side!

  27. Mina Joshi

    5 stars
    This is such a healthy recipe for Thogayal. Adding ingredients such as coconut, jaggery and tamarind to the ginger makes this such a traditional dish.

  28. Rinku Bhattacharya

    5 stars
    This looks so satisfying! Love the suggestions for the different variations.

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