In the past, every evening in monsoon season saw Kerala households indulging in a special medicinal preparation - oushadha kanji aka karkidaka kanji. Our forefathers considered it essential to strengthen ourselves during the season, that brought with it many illnesses.
These days, karkidaka kanji’s instant mix is available in stores and you can even home deliver it on food delivery apps. But, if you have a bit of patience, it can be made at home too! Here’s the recipe for the therapeutic gruel.
100gm njavara rice
25gm fenugreek seeds
5gm dried ginger powder
5gm crushed pepper
5gm turmeric powder
5gm carom seeds
¼ cup coconut milk
Wash the rice and boil it in 1 litre water
Add fenugreek seeds and keep boiling
Once boiled, pour in the coconut milk, wait till it starts to boil, and immediately take off the flame
Add the rest of the spices, mix well and keep covered for a while
Karkkidaka kanji can be taken as dinner as well