Jeeraka kanji – a healthy option for Nombuthura

Jeeraka kanji

With the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan, a season of prayers and fasting has begun. The day-long fasting may upset the stomach and can result in bloating and gastritis. The first food that is consumed after breaking the fast is important in clearing these issues.

Jeeraka kanji, porridge with cumin, is an ideal dish to have on an empty stomach during these days. Cumin is known for its effectiveness in treating digestive problems. It is also an excellent carminative, an effective remedy for gas trouble.

This easy-to-make rice recipe is an excellent option for Suhur, the pre-dawn meal also. Here’s a quick recipe.  

Click here to read this recipe in Malayalam


½ cup Kaima rice

1 cup scraped coconut

5 shallots

¼ teaspoon jeerakam

Salt as required

A pinch of turmeric powder


Wash and cook rice to a thick consistency

Grind coconut (mildly)

Mix ground coconut with a cup of water and add to the cooked rice

Keep stirring until it comes to a boil

Serve hot

(Recipe courtesy : Bushi Shamsu, Dhari Musthafa, Suhana Younus)