Kanji is a porridge made usually with rice. Also known as Congee in many parts of Asia. This was served as a staple breakfast when my parents were growing up back in Kerala. It is made by boiling the rice with lots of water till the rice is soft and porridge-like. My father's family used to serve this with fresh shredded coconut and sliced bananas, and optionally drizzling with ghee. It is can also be made with different grains/cereals, including millets like little millet (chama) or finger millet (raagi). I am making it with pearl millet as it is easily available around here.
- Pearl millet - 3/4 cup
- Filtered water - 5 cups
- Sea salt - as per taste
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Shredded coconut - 1 cup
- Coconut oil - 2 Tbs
- Ghee - 1 Tbs (optional)
- Boil millet, along with cumin seeds in water till millet is soft.
- Add, salt, coconut, coconut oil and serve warm.
- Optionally drizzle ghee on each bowl.
- Enjoy on a warm winter morning !!
- Serves 3.