Tamarind Candies / Imli Heeng Goli

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Diwali celebrations just got over and we are still hanging on in festive mood. Lights put up for Diwali haven't come down yet, kandeels hanging up high in air are yet to be pulled down and diyas welcoming the door steps are to be removed. Flowers have lost their fragrance and Rangoli has faded into thin air and I am busy cleaning up the oil spill overs. Diwali may have been over, but it's spirit is still alive.

This Diwali was filled with loads of fun with lights, colors and lots of food on plate to eat. No crackers for me as the loud noise and pollution do not fascinate me much. But putting up lights and decorating home with diyas and kandeels is always on my to-do-lists. With all the festivities that went by and for the ones we have ahead, here I have a post festival treat to soothe your heavy tummies! And with sweet treats and spicy savories, what can be better if it is followed by some digestive candies to soothe your content tummies! I felt this post was apt for this season of festivities. :) So here's my version of digestive Tamarind Candies, aka Imli Heeng Goli.


The recipe comes from my dad where he uses minimalistic ingredients to make an extremely tasty, tongue tickling, lip smacking digestive candies, surely not something you can resist eating just one. I was craving for these some time ago and it brought back fond memories of my high school days when these candies were our favorite after meal treats to smack into. One of our school peons would sell these as tiny homemade candies wrapped cutely in thin transparent polythene sheets and sell them at a cheap price of 10 paisa. These candies will surely send your taste buds tingling.

Imli Heeng Goli

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp tamarind
2 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp jeera powder/cumin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp compounded asafeotida/hing
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp of castor sugar/powdered sugar for coating


DIRECTIONS

Dry roast cumin seeds till they darken lightly and turn aromatic. Pound the compounded asafeotida if in rock form. Add it to the roasted cumin. Add in the chilli powder and salt to taste. The spice mix is ready now.

Separate tamarind seeds, if any and discard them. Grate the jaggery and add it to the tamarind. Add the above spice mixture to this and start kneading it gently. Kneading it may call in a bit of your muscle effort as dry tamarind is stiff and working with it can be quite an ardent task. However, the tamarind, jaggery and spices will come together eventually to a dough like consistency. Taste and check for the spices. Increase jaggery according to taste. Your resultant dough should turn stiff and you can roll them just like a candy. Roll them to small logs or round candies using palms of your hands. Roll them in coarsely powdered sugar and store in clean air-tight containers free from moisture.


Just a handful of ingredients go into making this tongue tickling candy. It's hard to resist eating anything less than one. I made a good handful of these and before the end of day, they were all swiped clean. These candies stay for a month long since they have no moisture in them. Pack them in thin foodgrade plastic wraps and they make great travel companions too.

Rolling them in sugar helps these candies to prevent sticking to each other. There can be variations to this recipe. Add in pepper instead of red chilli powder. Omit asafeotida if that's not a flavor of your choice. If you love biting into those Hajmola candies, then this surely will tempt you to make your own at home. A melange of flavors, sweet and spice, salt and tangy, simple and easy, yet a winner recipe.

20 comments:

  1. something different...nice ! happy diwali

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  2. Omg, super tempting candies, feel like grabbing and having some..quite new for me.

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  3. We used to make something similar to this during our childhood days...n now its so easily available,never thought to make it at home..urs look perfect like d store bought ones..would love 2 gobble few

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  4. Perfect; tamarind at various stages of curing in China jars [Cheena Bharani] were a favourite! Thankyou for this post! :-)

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  5. perfectly made, yum. mom made similar candies for us when we were small...

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  6. wow yummy candies,didn't taste this before but am tempted now...luks amazing...

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  7. Wow tongue tickling candies...looks so good, wud luv to try it sometime.

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  8. Never tried this before...candies looks so cute and lovely..

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  9. thats perfect..looks so yummy and tangy..

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  10. Wow!!! Love those imli heeng goli. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Bookmarked.

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  11. Mmmmmmmmm yumm my fav one and i too make this once in a while.

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  12. Wow, Imli goli is beautiful, great presentation, lovely blog!! Thanks for ur comment on my blog!

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  13. Yummy mouth watering imli goli,lovely preparation....thanks for drop in my space.

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  14. i came by after seeing the cheela and then these golis caught my eye,, or rather tongue.. instant mouthwatering old memories!:) its been more than a decade since i had these.. thanks for posting! i'll get back to reminiscing about the good old teenage life.. a naughty pain for the parents!

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  15. Looks so yummy and tangy..We are trying same at home today..lets see how it will be..

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  16. can,t wait to make one......

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  17. OMG! I am so so happy to have this recipe. When I was a child, these were sold outside the school and as an older person, I am having such a craving for it. I'm going to try this very very soon. Thank you.

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  18. That feels like very tasty goli similar to what we buy in the shops.

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