Sunday, 15 April 2018

Karuppu Ulunthu (Black Urad Dal) Kanji - Mom's Special

Urad dhal is very nutritious as it contains more protein, potassium, calcium and iron.  As it has rice source of iron, it is very good for health especially for women.  It keeps you energetic as it has rich in iron.  Kanji (resembles to Porridge) is easy to digest and is good for patients suffering from illness. It is prepared in many variations. Some are liquid and some are semi-solid.

One of my favourite porridge which my mom always makes.  She used to make monthly twice and makes us healthy.Thank you amma for taught me this wonderful healthy recipe.

Lentils are mixed with rice to cook kanji with a creamy texture. Though it is called as Urad Dal Kanji, rice is also used in this. A food without oil and cooked soft is always good for sick people. Black gram is known as Ulundu in Tamil and as Urad dal in Hindi.Black uradh dhal or Black gram is a very healthy pulse. This porridge can be made using split/whole black uradh dhal.

Prep  time
cook time
10 mins
15 mins
3  persons

Recipe type:  kanji  varieties

Cuisine:  Indian cuisine

  • Boiled Rice ( I use Brand Ponni)  - 1 cup (200 gms)
  • Karuppu Ulunthu (Black Urad Dal)  - ½ cup
  • Garlic pods -10 no’s
  • Water – 5 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Methi seeds -1 tsp
  • Sukku powder -1 tsp
  • Milk -  1 to ½  cup  (check consistency)




















1. Roast urad dal in a dry pan till golden or nice flavor comes from that. Wash and soak the rice and ulundhu for 15 mins.Then pressure cook them along with garlic ,methi seeds and salt  with water for 5 whistles.
2. After the pressure releases, check whether the pulse is cooked well. It should be mushy when we press it with spatula. If not cooked, allow for another 2 or 3 whistles

3. Nice aroma fills your home when this cooks; allow it to cool; mash partially with milk (use little by little).,sukku powder ,I cooked it semi solid. Finally add grated coconut for the lovely taste. The Porridge /Kanji is ready.

Serving Suggestions

Those who don’t like garlic replace it with a pinch of asafetida.
Soaking the black gram helps it to cook faster ( If not soaked, it takes around 15 to 20 whistles in a pressure cooker to cook).

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