Kanji means different things to different people. Coming from Kerala, this is a delicious meal for me. For my Tamil Nadu husband, this is the meal to have only when you get sick. Since we can’t seem to agree, I hardly cook this.
Thankfully, now a days lunch times are pretty much just ‘me time’. Lunch for husband and kiddo is a tiny, compressed lunch box affair. Where as for me, its the time to unleash my creative side – by coming up with ideas to avoid cooking!
This simple Kanji fits in the bill. Simple to make, but delicious beyond description. Served with a dose of love, its simply the best meal possible.
But serve it with Payaru and Chammanthi, it will taste even better!
Serves : 1
- Rice : 1/2 cup (preferably Kerala red rice)
- Water : 3 cups (5-6 times the quantity of rice)
- Green gram : 1/2 cup
- Coconut : 2 tbsp
- Green Chilli : 1
- Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
- Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli : 1
- Oil, salt
- Wash and clean the rice. Cook in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water (5-6 times the amount of rice) till the rice is well cooked. Its fine if the rice is slightly over cooked. Do not drain the excess water.
- Add salt and serve with payaru and chammanthi.
- For payaru, pressure cook the whole green gram in one cup of water for 1-2 whistles. The dal needs to be cooked through, but shouldn’t be mushy. Drain excess water once its cooked and cooled and keep aside.
- Grind the coconut, jeera, chilli together.
- Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and red chilli. Add the cooked whole green gram and salt. Add the ground coconut and mix till everything is well combined. Serve with Kanji.
- For chammanthi, grind 1/4 cup coconut with 1/2 tsp jeera, salt, one red chilli and a very small piece of tamarind. Do a taste test and add/adjust accordingly. Serve with Kanji.
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11 thoughts on “Rice Soup – Kanjiyum Payarum”
This sounds interesting!
Haven’t had a chance to try this Kerala special but it looks like a soup for the soul!
Wow..you can’t ask for more.If I have bit of chuttaracha chammanthi too,it’s more than a feast.Total comfort food..Nicely done dear.
Simple and interesting!
This is very very new for me. Like it.
Kanji looks yummy,healthy and comfort food.
Rajani – its been a while since i made this. good that you reminded me. i think we also have the same situation at home. My ‘Tamil’ husband likes this, but does not enjoy it the way we do :-) anyways, am going to make it sometime this week.
Yea yea, for us kanji is an obligation to eat when we are sick, cant change it…Btw if you serve me with payaru, i can have it for everyday..Nutritious and filling meal..
Addition of payaru is new to me. Looks very inviting. I love to have it with lemon pickle…
Awesome Rajani, the simplest things in life are often the tastiest. Lovely presentation