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Muslim nombu kanji

Ramadan nombu kanji recipe in my blog may be surprising to some of you. Being a passionate food blogger, I love to try all unique recipes from all cuisines. This is one such recipe which I was longing to try. As I had tasted this porridge in my childhood days from my Muslim friends, I wanted to try the same on my own.

As Ramadan month has started all our Muslim friends would be under fasting from Dawn to dusk. Generally muslims in Tamilnadu and Kerala break their fasting with this “Nombu kanji/Gruel “ which they get from masgid/Mosque. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities & its purpose being to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Pre-fast meal is called Suhoor and Fast-breaking meal after sunset is known as Iftar. 

For breaking the fast, they begin with dates, continue with salad & main course followed by desserts. Usually this Nombu kanji is served along with vada, bonda or samosa( some deep fried snacks). Source:Wikipedia & allaboutislam

I must thank my friend Halima for sharing this recipe and their customary practices. She told this porridge is the most important Iftar recipe for them & they get this porridge from the mosque everyday to break their fasting. She told it would be much tastier than the ones prepared at home. As Iam a pure vegetarian, she shared her vegetarian version happily and also encouraged me to post in my blog. Its a very easy one pot meal which is very good for our health too.

With the smell of masalas and the flavour of coconut milk, this porridge was awesome. I loved it a lot & I would say this is the best porridge recipe I have ever tasted. U can adjust the consistency based on your wish. Ok , Lets see how to make this tasty, easy Muslim special nombu kanji at home. Before that, I would like to wish all my Muslim friends a very happy Ramadan. 

Ramadan nombu kanji recipe

Muslim Ramadan Nombu Kanji recipe

Muslim Nombu Kanji recipe Ramadan nombu kanji recipe for Iftar
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 200ml
To pressure cook
  • Raw rice - 1/4 cup
  • Moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Water – 3-4 cups
  • Carrot – 1no  (small)
  • Beans – 3-5 nos
  • Peas - 2 tbsp
  • Grated Cabbage - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1no  ( small sized)
  • Green chilli – 1no (slit)
  • Salt - as needed
  • Curry masala powder/Biryani masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp(chopped)
  • Mint leaves - 1 tbsp
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Cinnamon - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 1no
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Bayleaf - 1 small
  • Ginger,garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Thick coconut milk - 1 cup

  • Wash the rice and dal. Chop all the vegetables finely. Grate one cup of coconut and extract 1 cup of milk from it. Set aside.(if using coconut milk powder, mix 2-3 tbsp of powder in one cup of water to make a thick coconut milk).
  • Take all the ingredients mentioned under “to pressure cook” in a cooker base. Add salt, turmeric powder, masala powder coriander leaves, Mint leaves(if using) and required water. For this quantity, you have to add nearly 4 cups of water to make a thin porridge. Pressure cook in low flame till one whistle. Make sure rice and dal should be well mashed.
  • After the steam is released, open the cooker and mash the rice n dal along with vegetables very well using a whisk/Mathu or beater. Rice should not be visible.
Ramadan nombu kanji recipe step1
  • Now in a kadai, heat oil and saute cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bayleaf, cumin seeds, finely chopped onions, g&g paste. Saute till raw smell goes off.
  • Add this to the cooked porridge. Add one cup of coconut milk to the porridge and allow it to boil well for 5 minutes in low flame. Add more water if necessary to adjust consistency.
Ramadan nombu kanji recipe step2
  • Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy with vada, bonda, bajji or samosa!

  • Generally Muslims cook the rice and dal separately and vegetables with meat or chicken separately. Mash well and mix them together. If you want to add mutton or broiler pieces, follow this procedure.
  • The thing is all the ingredients should be mashed very well.
  • U can add finely chopped mint leaves along with coriander leaves. But I din’t add here.
  • Adding turmeric powder is optional here. But I used it as per my friend’s recipe.
  • U can make this porrdige thick or thin. My friend told usually this porrdige would be in drinkable consistency and they drink in “Vattal/curved bowl” .
  • If you browse through, you can find many variations for this particular recipe on Google. But Iam sure everything tastes great in its own way.
  • I used readymade coconut milk powder for making thick coconut milk. Even then the taste was good. 

Enjoy this Muslim special Nombu kanji with paruppu vadai /Bonda / Bajji or samosa. It tastes heavenly !
Ramadan nombu kanji recipe

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harini said...

Simple and delicious kanjibeautifuly presented.

Chitra said...

Thanks for the quick comment harini :)

great-secret-of-life said...

I finally made this too in much similar way.. still draft waiting to be posted.. yours looks so yum! and perfect texture

Chitra said...

Thanks Veena :)

Rafeeda AR said...

this looks so good... we make kanji but it's totally different... looks really interesting...

cookingwithsapana said...

It looks so tasty and comforting !

Unknown said...

hmm... really interesting.. sounds filling n healthy

Nargis Aara said...

You just made it!! Different way though but hope you enjoyed :)

Anonymous said...

Never had / tried this..looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe

Suhaina said...

We have this for all the 30 days of our fasting month. looks delish Chitra.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy healthy kanji

Priya Suresh said...

Very healthy and nutritious kanji..looks fabulous.


Great idea. A complete nutrition for senior citizens!