Classic Blackgram Porridge

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Oil bath is almost a forgotten weekly routine followed by every South Indian family until 3 or 4 decades ago. Surprisingly it offers pretty much the same benefits of Ayurvedic massage. But people nowadays prefer to visit Ayurvedic clinic for massaging therapy, and spend a few hours & a few bucks there. Most of us take oil bath at home only as a religious ritual on the day of Deepavali festival every year.

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Sweet & salted porridge

Oil bath traditions in our family:

Earlier my grandfather was so particular that we all should take oil bath every Saturday or Sunday. After taking oil bath in the morning we were served classic uluntham paruppu kanji (blackgram porridge) for breakfast, and meals with poondu kulambu (garlic curry) for lunch. Afterwards we usually take a good nap and wake up with renewed energy in the evening.

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Lunch with paruppu, poondu kuzhambu & keerai kootu

As children we were hostile to the idea of applying tepid sesame oil all over the body, leaving it at that for about half an hour, using herbal bath powders that redden our eyes, and drinking bland milky porridge for breakfast. Later we realized the following only after reaping the benefits of this amazing tradition: Oil bath rejuvenates the body & mind and acts as a stress buster; herbal bath powders are the safest cleansers & scrubs; and classic porridge soothes the entire digestive system. Nevertheless we don’t take oil bath regularly but we take oil bath as and when required particularly during summer.

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Oil bath is a traditional weekend routine

Classic Blackgram Porridge (Ulundhu Kanji):

Classic south Indian porridge is normally prepared by using blackgram lentils as the main ingredient and also by adding ample pods of garlic & a small piece of dried ginger. This porridge is usually mixed with copious amounts of cow’s milk and served with cane jaggery bar (achchu vellam) and/or curry leaves chutney (kariveppilai thuvaiyal).

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Salted porridge

For children who refuse to take bland porridge we can make it sweet & creamy by pouring palm jaggery (or cane jaggery) syrup & coconut milk into the porridge and enhance the flavor by adding cardamom powder.

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Classic blackgram porridge

Generally it is recommended to take classic porridge for 3 consecutive days from the day we take oil bath as it is useful to increase the stamina, alleviate mouth ulcers & stomach ulcers, ease the digestion and reduce the excessive body heat. I would like to leisurely sip this porridge after taking oil bath to combat the scorching heat waves during summer. Needless to say that we can take the same porridge even after undergoing an Ayurvedic massage therapy.

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Salted kanji with milk,
sweet kanji with coconut milk & palm jaggery

Now you can find the recipes for milky blackgram porridge (ulundham paruppu kanji), sweet porridge (karupatti ulundhu kanji) and also for curry leaves chutney (kariveppilai thuvaiyal) posted in the next page.

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Kariveppilai thuvaiyal

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  1. Great post megala! These rich traditions have so much thought and knowledge behind them and are so good for us.

    1. Yes, I think this is the case for each one of us, we could not learn enough from them.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I learn so much from your post about your culture. Love it! My grandma used to make me drink sardine oil in the morning. I didn’t like it. But I would have taken an oil bath everyday with pleasure. Lol.

    1. Yes, I guess it is really horrible to gobble up sardine oil, nowadays kids are making fuss to swallow this oil available in capsules. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your time.

  3. What a beautiful tradition! I am touched that you keep the tradition and take your time doing it. People live in a “fast” life nowadays, and forget how to enjoy a “regular” life. ^^

  4. After reading the health benefits, I have to try these recipes! You have explained the tradition of the weekly oil bath so well. Today’s youngsters have little time for these leisurely rituals.

    1. So true! I hope this post may motivate someone to try this natural healing process.
      Thank you.

    1. Yes. thank you so much for taking your time to read this post. I’m sorry for the late reply, I missed to notice this.

  5. Very healthy and I so agree with your words, Megala the olden times our grandparents took care of us was so good. Healing and the oil bath sounds so good. Your preparations are awesome. Thanks for the beautiful share.

  6. I did not like the look of that dark porridge until I realised it had jaggery in it! I love how your posts combine food and heritage, tradition and personal stories. Lovely.

    1. Yes, for the same reason kids here don’t like to take this. πŸ™‚
      Thanks Tracey for your constant support.

  7. Despite having stayed in India, never got to the chance to taste this one. Amazing post. Shall be trying it soon ?? keep Glittering, love TGA by Misha ????

    1. Yes, this indeed evokes beautiful memories with people esp. my father associated with this tradition. Thank you.

  8. Very interesting, Megala, I have enjoyed learning about your customs and traditions. This must have been a thoroughly healthy way to have grown.
    Your grandfather must have been an extremely interesting fellow.

    1. Yes, he was. I feel we missed to understand the true value of such traditions from him.
      Thanks for reading this post and sharing your views here.

  9. Beautiful ! These are the traditional gem recipes of our culture…and very eloquently executed Megala !

  10. Loved this traditional porridge recipe, never had this but seems a good ayurvedic recipe to beat the heat and increase the stamina and immunity

    1. Actually I am writing in this blog as a hobby, hope you appreciate this. Thank you.

  11. Interesting post Megala! Oil bath has so many health benefits and healthy diet after that is definitely a great choice!!

  12. Sesame oil, herbal bath powders & milky porridge, that’s quite a regimen. Just goes to show that sometimes simple, natural remedies and preventatives can do so much good, maybe more of us should have such traditions! I’d not heard of black gram porridge before so this made for interesting reading, especially about what it’s potentially useful for, like with ulcers, I had no idea. xx

  13. (EN) I lived some of that old traditions in remote villages and I thank you so so much Megala to share here some of them.?
    (IT) Ho vissuto alcune di quelle vecchie tradizioni in villaggi sperduti e ti ringrazio tantissimo Megala di condividere qui alcuni di questi ?.

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