Jeeraka Kanji - Malabar Style Cumin Rice Porridge

 Jeeraka Kanji

Jeeraka Kanji is a staple during ramadan. During my childhood, my mom would bring a big bowl of this Jeeraka Kanji to the table during Ramadan and the feeling of that warmth can't be describedutnil you actually try it. The leftover Kanji is usually had for suhoor. It is filling and the medicinal properties of garden cress seeds are immense. Garden cress seeds, also known as ashali in Malayalam is more like the brown/red cousin of basil seeds/ tuk malenga :D

I made the Jeeraka Kanji in the pressure cooker, you may cook the kanji/rice porridge in any pot. Then, a ground paste of coconut, shallots and cumin seeds are added to the kanji. The comfort that this rice porridge gives after breaking fast is just so soothing. Cumin and Fenugreek seeds has many benefits too.

Without further ado, let's see how the Jeeraka Kanji is made.

Ingredients : (makes for 4 people)

  • 1 cup Jerakashala rice
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds 
  • 1 tsp Garden Cress Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 4-5 Shallots
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ghee/ clarified butter, to garnish


  • Cook the rice in a pressure cooker with Fenugreek seeds, garden cress seeds, salt and turmeric and water double the quantity of the rice, for 1 whistle and let it stay for 5 minutes before releasing pressure manually, (you may also cook in a normal pot and allow the rice to cook until well cooked and thick).

  • In a mixer grinder, add the shredded coconut, cumin seeds, shallots, water and grind.

  • Add the ground coconut paste to the cooked rice porridge and add more water, salt and turmeric, if required.
  • Allow the kanji to come to a simmer, before the kanji boils, switch off the flame.
  • Serve the Jeeraka kanji warm, in bowls and serve with ghee/ clarified butter.

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