January 26, 2014

Millet Kanji for a warm & nourishing breakfast

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.


  1. This looks fantastic, I'm making it right now, thank you so much for the recipe. God bless <3


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