Coconut milk porridge (Thengai Paal Kanji)


  • Raw rice  - 1/2 cup
  • Moong dhal - 2 tbspn
  • Fenugreek (methi) seeds - 1/4 tspn
  • Coconut milk - 3/4 cup
  • Garlic - 4 pod

health tip

Moong dhal is rich in protein. Fenugreek is a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine and helps in soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Coconut milk porridge (Thengai Paal Kanji)


I learned this recipe from my Mom. Back in India, my Mom used to make this porridge every other weekend because it is good for health & the fenugreek in the recipe cools down the body. Soon after I left India I rarely made this dish except during the summer times. I was about to post this recipe for the "cooking with seeds" event but I am past the event date. Please be aware the recipe uses coconut & if you are conscious about cholesterol you may want to tone its quantity down a bit.

  1. Dry roast the rice, moong dal & fenugreek seeds till they all give out a nice aroma. Let them cool.
  2. When cooled, wash them & pressure cook them with chopped garlic for 3 whistles or till the rice gets soft.
  3. Grind the coconut & squeeze out the milk while the rice is cooking.
  4. Mash the cooked ingredients & add coconut milk & salt. Turn on the stove & let it heat for 2 minutes. You don't want to over heat it. Serve it with garlic pickle .

    This Kanji can be made using mixed beans like Green gram, Red beans & other smaller beans you have along with Kambu, brown rice, red rice & black rice. Soak the beans overnight & cook it with other ingredients. Beans doesn't have to get mushy. Eliminate the garlic. Brown sugar or jaggery can be replaced for salt in both the methods.

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