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Jeeraka kanji ..the porridge to boost your immune!

Indian recipes, Rice, veg | August 13, 2014 | By


It’s been like ages that I have been wanting to post on my space.. There’s loads of things that had gobbled up my time to write n my blog. Well when school closed up for the monsoon vacations this time round I was the most eager one compared to my munchkins to go “home”.Oh yes…even though you are married although you have a home here ,you still quote ur parents place as “home”. It’s not only my personal experience,but I think most women have this “home”sickness.I really chucked on this only when my colleague brought it to my notice.It was almost a month that I got with my parents in Thrissur..but this time round there came up a few surprises with media interviews, write-ups and the best part was being felicitated by the Thrissur Mayor , Mr.Rajan Pallan at the Council Meeting.



Karkidaka masam/Ramayana Masam /Karkidaka month is considered the last month ie. the twelfth month according to the Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.This year the Karkidaka masam started on July 17th  and ends by August 16th.The sacred scripture , Ramayana is recited during this month and so this month is also known as the Ramayana masam. It is to welcome the new year ie.The Chingam month  that the Ramayana is recited from the starting to the end of the month. In Kerala , Karkidaka kanji is very famous which is a medicinal rice porridge that is very much healthy .The monsoon months are considered to the most appropriate time to have medicinal rice porridge. On my stay in Thrissur , I had the opportunity to meet up with Dr.K.S.Rajithan (Medical Superintendent ) of Oushadi Panchakarma Hospital and Research Institute,Thrissur.Dr. says ,”Its during the monsoons that the immune system of our body deteriorates and we are more prone to sickness, digestive issues and many ailments. .Our ancestors used to have many practices with Ayurveda to boost their immune system . So this is in fact is the most suitable time to have different kanjis (rice porridges) in your diet.” During my period of stay in Thrissur there was a “Kanji Mela”(Rice Porridge fest ) organised by the Oushadhi Panchakarma Hospital Canteen.It was indeed a feast out there with 11 varieties of rice porridges each with special benefits.It  was the Kudumbasree unit(a women empowerment cluster ) working in the fabrication of  flavoursome dishes and variant rice porridges.



So coming over to the recipe, for this is Jeeraka kanji /Cumin rice porridge.The courtesy for the recipe goes to Dr.Rajithan. This is a pretty easy recipe and its only the ingredients that you have to get hold on to to make the medicinal mix.Its best to have it for 14 days in the monsoons..

Jeeraga kanji
1382 calories
81 g
66 g
118 g
15 g
97 g
1548 g
254 g
0 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1382
Calories from Fat 998
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 118g
Saturated Fat 97g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 254mg
Total Carbohydrates 81g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. For the Medicinal Cumin mix
  2. 2 tsps of cumin (jeerakam)
  3. 2 tsps of black cumin seeds (karinjeerakam)
  4. 2 tsps of long pepper (thippalli)
  5. 2 tsps of Carom or Thymol seeds (Aimodagam)
  6. 2 tsps of Black peppercorns
  7. 2 tsps of dry ginger powder
  8. For the porridge
  9. 80g of broken rice /podiari
  10. 1 litre of water
  11. 450ml of coconut milk
  12. 5gms of the medicinal mix
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 2 tsps of ghee
  15. 3-4 shallots sliced
  1. Dry roast the ingredients for the medicinal cumin mix and powder it finely in a
  2. blender.
  3.  Store this mix in an airtight container.
  4.  Wash the rice and cook it in a vessel with the required amount of water.
  5.  When half cooked add in the powdered mix.
  6.  Take care to keep stirring the porridge and keep on medium flame.
  7.  Pour in the coconut milk and add salt.
  8.  Cook till the rice is soft.
  9.  Heat ghee in a small pan fry the shallots till caramel in color and pour over the rice
  10. porridge.
  11.  If you feel that the porridge is a bit bitter, add in 2 tsp of jaggery syrup to cut down the
  12. bitterness.
  13.  You can serve this hot /warm with pickle, vegetable stir fries, pappad or even with
  14. fried salted curd chillies.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
Nimi's Culinary Ventures
jee3 So enjoy this monsoon the healthy way!

Here’s a glimpse of the media coverage..








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