Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Inji mittai

Inji - fresh ginger ; mittai - candy.

This is a candy sold in almost all the bus stations in Tamilnadu. I have never seen any one preparing this at home, as it is easily available there. This inji mittai is helpful in digestion and boosts the energy level during travels. I couldn't get a recipe from anyone I know, so I formulated this recipe myself. I am not sure if this how they prepare the ginger candy commercially, but works for small batches. It tasted exactly like the vendor's and I am sure many of you will like it too.

Method 1:

very young fresh Ginger root - 150 gm
(Makes a paste of 3/4 cup)
sugar - 1 cup
water - 1/4 cup
cardamom - a pinch (optional)

Choose very young tender ginger, without any fiber. Scratch and remove the skin of ginger. Wash well to remove any impurities. Grind to a fine paste with 1/2 of the water mentioned above.
Bring remaining water and sugar to a boil and keep on heating till sugar solution gets the candy stage (2 string).
Add the ginger paste and cardamom powder. Stir well for 10 minutes or till it forms a mass and starts leaving the vessel holding the spatula.
Grease a plate with a 1/4 tsp ghee. Pour the ginger candy mixture and let cool for some time. Then draw lines and let cool completely. Break into squares as per the guidance lines and preserve in an air tight container.

Inji mittai is ready!

Method 2:
(If we cannot get the tender ginger, this method holds good)

Fresh ginger - 150 gm
sugar - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1 tbsp

Peel the ginger and extract juice with just 1/4 cup water. Discard the fiber.
Let the juice stand for 10 minutes. Discard the white residue.
Add the clear ginger juice to sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and heat till it starts getting candy stage (2 string). Put the all purpose flour (maida) and stir vigorously to avoid lumps. Now the candy will start leaving the sides and starts crystallizing. Pour over a well greased plate and flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. Draw lines using a knife and let cool completely.
Break into squares and preserve in air tight container.

Inji mittai is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Taking a ginger candy after a heavy meal helps in digestion.
Good for people with giddiness.
Makes 20 small squares (1.5 inch).


Priya Suresh said...

Wow inji mittai,makes me nostalgic, my grandma never failed to bring them whenever she visits us..

Hari Chandana P said...

Nice and interesting recipe.. looks awesome !!
Indian Cuisine

Aarthi said...

awesome recipe..thanks for sharing dear.


Chitra said...

i love this.thanks for sharing...nice post :)

Unknown said...

இஞ்சி மிட்டாய் ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு

VineelaSiva said...

Its relly very innovative sweet.Never heard and try this looks cool.

Suja Manoj said...

Makes me nostalgic..beautiful ad tempting sweet

Christy Gerald said...

Wow,Superbly done Ginger Candy recipe Dear.Awesome recipe.Thanks for sharing.

divya said...

Looks so tempting and delicious.. Yummy :)

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love ginger candy too... yours looks yum!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Nice recipe,never thought of making at home, thanks, would definitely make and store.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

You unfolded many memories of childhood with this mittai...Lovely post dear..

Ganga Sreekanth said...

wow... looks yummmy.....my favorite

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Chitra said...

we used to carry inji morappa while travelling in my childhood days. i love it :)