Tuesday, 13 August 2013

When we fall sick at times, we may feel like having some food which is tasty and nutritious as well especially foods like kanji, is prepared at home to serve some one falling sick say fever or so. Such kind of recipe is the paruppu kanji. This is a real simple yet nutritious recipe which has green gram and rice in it. Green gram is widely used in many Indian recipes. Its mostly used among vegetarians since it contains a lot of proteins and fiber in it and it helps in digestion and controls cholesterol content in our body as well.

This is again from my Amma’s cookbook and I just tried it through her instruction and obviously it turned great. This is best to serve for diabetic patients and those who are trying to loss weight. The best combination to serve with the kanji is coconut chutney/Chamanthi/Thogaiyal. We call Chammanthi in Malayalam and Thovaiyal in Tamil. Before getting into the recipe, I found few amazing nutritious facts about green gram, here for you too.

Few Nutritious Facts:

  • Rich in Vitamin C and potassium.
  • Rich in carbohydrates and Proteins.
  • Improves liver health, hair and nail fragility
  • Reduces heart problems and best for constipation.
  • Reduces cholesterol and helps in skin anti aging as it has Phytoestrogens an enzyme helps in the secretion of collagen and elastin which helps in enhancing the skin tone
  • Best for Diabetics and prevents breast cancer.

  • Green Gram- 1/2 Cup
  • Rice- ½ Cup
  • Salt- To Taste
  • Ghee- 1 Tspn(Optional)
  • Water- 2 ½ Cup
  • Coconut Shredded- 3 Tspn
  • Garlic pods- 4 Nos
  • Cumin Seeds- 1 Tspn


  • Grind the items under “To Grind” coarsely and keep aside.
  • Wash rice and green gram and pressure cooker it for 4 whistles.
  • Open the lid, and smash the rice, dal finely to make it loose in texture.
  • Add the ground coconut and salt and mix well again.
  • Add ghee and stir again. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Coconut Chammanthi:


  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Dried Red Chilies (unakka mulagu) – 5
  • Tamarind– a medium size piece
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • Salt – as needed

  • Grind all these together sprinkling little water in between. Serve with Kanji.

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