Thari Kachiyath/ Thari Kanji - Malabar Semolina Drink

Thari Kachiyath/ Thari Kanji - Malabar Semolina Drink 

One of my favorite hot drink is Thari kachiyath. Also know as Thari Kanji, nombu Kanji, it is one of the most popular drinks in the Malabar region especially during ramadan. Thari kachiyath is simply prepared using milk and Thari (semolina), to form a thin porridge kind of drink mostly had when it's warm.

This is something that brings so much warmth and memories, especially during Ramadan.
I wanted to post my Thari kachiye recipe during Ramadan. But when you have too many recipes to post I kept it for later and could not shoot too. Finally, one day I had posted a story on the cooking scenes of Thari kachiye in Instagram and put up a poll to check how many liked it. To my surprise, there were many who didn't like it. Every time I try this semolina drink from anywhere outside, I never got this homely touch like how my mom used to make, that explains why most of them didn't like it.

So many messaged me asking why it was so good and how was it made. I thought since I love Thari kachiye, I must do a post on it on my blog. Thari kachiyat is also known as Thari Kanji or nombu Kanji in few other nearby districts from Kannur.

Now if you ask me what makes my Thari kachiyat stand out? Well, it is super simple, but if the proportions go a little wrong, for example if the drink turns too thick, or if it doesn't have enough sweet or when you don't add that pinch of salt to balance the flavors, it really changes the real impact of flavor, so all of these factors play an important role.

Finally that touch of ghee that has been infused in shallot/ onions, sautéed and added to the drink finally brings in that special aroma and taste that is indescribable. And the best part is, it gets done in a jiffy. Whenever I am short on time and I need a quick fix drink other than tea/coffee I immediately make this. It is so yumm and refreshing. Well, try this and let me know if your views on Thari kachiyath has changed. 😁
Fun fact : I hated Thari kachiyat, until I realized how delicious my mom used to make it compared to the others that I have tried before in my life. And now I loveeee it!

I made my Thari kachiyat for the first time without asking her for the recipe. And whenever I give her some, she always smiles and that makes me happiest. 

Let’s make some refreshing, warm and delicious Thari kachiyath.

Ingredients : (for 2-3 people)

  • 11/2 cup fresh milk*
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp roasted semolina (leveled)
  • 3-5 tbsp sugar, (around 3 tsp for 1 glass)
  • A pinch of cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp ghee*
  • 6-8 cashews and raisins*
  • 3 Shallots, sliced thin*


  1. In a deep small pan, pour in your milk and water and switch on the flame. 
  2. Right away add in your semolina and mix well immediately so that no lumps are formed and add your salt, sugar and cardamom powder. 
  3. While keeping an eye on the drink and stirring in between occasionally on Sim while you prepare your temper. 
  4. In a small pan, add in your ghee and Sautee your Cashew and/raisins until just about it, not too brown. Transfer to another bowl. 
  5. Now to the same ghee add in your shallots, thinely sliced and Sautee well and pour it into the drink that has been prepared and mix. 
  6. Check if salt or sugar is required and you are done! 

*Use UHT milk for better results 
*You may use onions, cut thin and small if you do not have shallots with you, I do this a lot. 
*Do not use butter instead of ghee. 
*raisins are optional, Cashews need to broken into small bits before adding to the drink. 

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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