Monday, 22 June 2015

South Indian style Nombu Kanji

Ramadan Kareem to all my friends ! Wishing you a blessed Ramadan !

Nombu Kanji is a rice and lentil gruel ( a thinner porridge ) served for Iftar in Mosques of South India during Ramadan Fasting. Classic kanji will have rice, lentils, spices and meat. However this recipe is a vegetarian version of the classic kanji. You can add cooked minced mutton if you prefer.



  • 1/3 Cup Raw Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow moong dal
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoons sesame oil / gingelly oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Ghee
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Medium onion chopped finely or 10 shallots crushed
  • 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish


1. Wash rice several times and soak in tap water for an hour
2. In a separate bowl soak moong dal in tap water for 30 minutes
3. In a small bowl soak fenugreek seeds for an hour. Do not soak rice, fenugreek and dal together

4. In a sauce pan heat oil and ghee over medium heat
5. When the oil is hot, add cinnamon stick, cloves and fry for 10 seconds
6. Then add chopped onions and fry until the onions are crispy and golden
7. Add green chilli, mint leaves and fry for 10 seconds
8. Add ginger garlic paste and turn the flame to low and fry for 8 to 10 minutes until the raw smell of ginger goes and the mixture turns nice golden color
9. Drain water from rice and add it to a food processor and pulse it until it resembles coarse paste. Do not grind it to fine paste

10. Add ground rice, dal and fenugreek to the pan and combine everything
10. Season with salt and add 3 cups of water. Cook on medium flame until the rice and lentils are cooked through ( for 20 to 25 minutes )
11. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot


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