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January 7, 2014


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rice porridge recipe
Last week Sendhil was down with stomach upset problem. So my MIL made this rice porridge / arisi kanji for his breakfast. We too had the same. It was so filling, healthy and tasty too.We usually make this kanji when we are down with fever or stomach upset. raw rice or boiled rice, moong dal and cumin seeds combination helps for quick digestion, soothes our stomach, tongue and makes this porridge flavourful too. My MIL told the same can be given for 7-8 months babies too. But give it slightly watery if you are giving for first time.We had given this for Raksha when she was young.So I thought of blogging it under health food as well as baby food (two in one post).

rice porridge recipe

Rice porridge recipe

Rice porridge recipe Rice porridge recipe for babies and for people down with fever & stomach upset
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Health food
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
To pressure cook
  • Good quality boiled rice (puzhungal arisi)  or raw rice (sona masoori) - 1/2 cup
  • Moong dal - 1.5 tbsp
  • Roasted & powdered cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – 4-5 cups
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 2 tsp (only for babies)
  • In a pressure cooker base, dry roast the moong dal for a minute. Add the washed rice with the required water and salt. Cook in low flame for one or two whistles. After the steam is released, open the lid and mash it well using a whisk.
rice porridge step by step
  • Add water or little milk or coconut milk based on the consistency you need. Check for salt. Roast the cumin seeds in ghee/oil & coarsely powder it .Add on top of porridge. Mix well and serve.
rice porridge step by step
  • For babies,add powdered cumin seeds in lesser quantity. Add more ghee based on the age.


  • Replace ghee by oil or use less ghee if making for sick people. Adding more ghee makes the digestion slow.
  • Addition of moong dal is optional. I usually add it for flavour.
  • Give this porridge only for babies above 7 months.
  • To make it instantly, you can roast moong dal and rice. Powder & store in a box. Mix a tsp of this powder in water and make porridge adding salt or sugar.
  • For adults, roast cumin seeds in oil and then powder them.
  • You can replace boiled rice with raw rice. 
I had with small onions as side dish.It was yummy !

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divyagcp said...

Healthy and comforting Kanji.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.. :)

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

devamirthama irukum that if some one makes .. i loved it

Laxmipriya said...

my parents like this though not my fav.. they have it wit coconut thuvaiyal. they ask me to prepare this whenever they fall ill.. sometimes they simply have it for a change from regular food.. thanks for sharing.. must be very useful for young mothers.. :)

Chitra said...

Yes Laxmi Priya,we can have it once in a while for a change:)

Unknown said...

so very comforting poridge :) very healthy and wud love to finish that bowl :)

great-secret-of-life said...

looks yum.. Comforting food

Priya said...

delicious kanji chitra . This looks so easy and adding of dal makes it healthier for kids as well as adults when they are sick

Priya Anandakumar said...

Very comforting and healthy kanji Chitra, very nicely made ...

Preetha said...

Flavourful Kanji Chitra..
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Healthy for kids n sick ppl..nice pics Chitra.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Long time i had the recipe

Sangeetha Priya said...

healthy kanji, love it :-)

Unknown said...

We make it when we feel ill. but our way of preparation is little different. I'll post mine soon.

Savi-Ruchi said...

My MIL prepares this & asks me to prepare it for her son & grandson. But, both of them do not like it much. I make it sometime for myself :)

Unknown said...

The recipe looks very delicious. I will try this for my baby. This looks so smooth and adding of dal makes it healthier for kids. Recently I bought Rice Sattva for my baby and it was very nutritious and healthy. It was delicious and easy to cook. I sometimes buy baby food from, they have nutritious food items for babies & kids.

Unknown said...

Hey chittu thanks for the recipie i was searching this for my 6 months old son

Bhakti said...

My husband made this for me looking at your recipie, I was having fever. It turned out yum. Thanks for sharing..

Chitra said...

Thank you for the feedback. Take care, Wish you a speedy recovery !