Vishu kanji: A traditional rice porridge


With vacation time and Vishu coming together, this is the right time to introduce new dishes to the kids. How about trying Vishu kanji, a popular dish in Palakkad? Here's the recipe:


2 cups rice

First extract of coconut milk

Second extract of coconut milk

Third extract of coconut milk

1/4 cup green gram

1/4 cup puliyavara/butter beans

1/4 cup grated coconut


Wash and strain rice

Cook the rice. After one whistle, switch of the gas.

Add third extract of coconut milk

Wait for one more whistle

Fry green gram lightly till it becomes brown in colour

Also fry the puliyavara/butter beans till its smell lingers

Blend the fried green gram and puliyavara into a powdered form

Now add the second extract of coconut milk to the rice

Mix the green gram and butter beans powder to it

Let it boil for 5 minutes

Add the grated coconut and mix it well

Add the first extract of milk and cook for 2 minutes

Add salt when serving

Kids will also like if sugar is added to it.


Vishu kanji is best served with chakka puzhukku.