Classic Blackgram Porridge (page 2)

Classic Blackgram Porridge Recipe:

uk-6-scaled Classic Blackgram Porridge
Traditional Ulundhu Kanji

Yields: 2 Ltrs of ulundhu kanji & 3/4 Ltrs of karupatti ulundhu kanji

Ulundhu Kanji ingredients:

Black gram (vellai ulundhu)1/2 cup
Boiled rice (puzhungal arisi)1/4 cup
Fenugreek seeds (or cumin seeds)*1 tbsp
Garlic2 bulbs
Dried ginger1/2 “
Boiled cow’s milk (kaaichiya pasum paal)as needed
Water for pressure cooking3 cups

*We use fenugreek seeds (vendhayam) during summer & cumin seeds (jeeragam) during winter.

uk-3-scaled Classic Blackgram Porridge

Karupatti ulundhu kanji Ingredients:

Split black gram (karuppu ulundhu)1/4 cup
Boiled rice (puzhungal arisi)1/8 cup
Garlic5 pods
Dried ginger1/4 “
Palm jaggery1/2 cup (powdered)
Fresh coconut milkas needed
Water for pressure cooking1 and 1/2 cups
uk-2-scaled Classic Blackgram Porridge

Mise en place:

For ulundhu kanji:

  • Wash lentils, rice & fenugreek seeds and keep aside in a bowl.
  • Add garlic, dried ginger and water into the bowl as shown below.

For karupatti kanji:

  • Dry roast lentils in medium flame until the aroma is released.
  • Transfer to a separate bowl and wash roasted lentils along with rice.
  • Add garlic, dried ginger and water into the bowl as shown below.

Pressure cooking:

  • Heat a pressure cooker in high flame.
  • Stack both the bowls one above another inside the pressure cooker as shown below and close with its lid.
  • When it reaches high pressure, simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and keep aside until the pressure is released.
Kanji Classic Blackgram Porridge
Pressure cooking the rice & lentils

Kanji preparation:

For ulundhu kanji:

  • Pour hot milk into the cooked lentil mixture.
  • Mash well using electric hand blender.
  • Serve hot with jaggery or karivepillai thuvaiyal.
ulundhu-kanji Classic Blackgram Porridge
Salted porridge

For karupatti kanji:

  • Prepare jaggery syrup as shown below.
  • Pour hot syrup into the cooked lentil mixture.
  • Mash well using electric hand blender.
  • Bring it to boil in medium flame.
  • Reduce the flame to low.
  • Add cardamom powder and pour coconut milk.
  • Stir well and remove from heat.
  • Serve warm.
karuppatti-kanji Classic Blackgram Porridge
Sweet porridge

Cooking Tips:

  • I find electric hand blender very useful to blend the kanji (porridge) and achieve the desired consistency.
hand-blender-scaled Classic Blackgram Porridge
  • Salted porridge goes well with Kariveppilai thuvaiyal (curry leaves chutney), but we can replace curry leaves with coriander leaves, mint leaves or any other fresh herbs.
kariveppilai-thuvaiyal Classic Blackgram Porridge
Kariveppilai thuvaiyal recipe

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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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