Thursday, April 12, 2018

Samai Paal Kanji | Millet Milk Porridge | Millet Recipe

Paal Kanji, an quick to make breakfast porridge with rice, but in this recipe i have used millet(samai) and it tastes so good as rice porridge. While i grew up, this kanji was a part of our breakfast and Amma used to make this on some weekend mornings especially on the days when afternoon lunch would be Non veg dishes, so to keep the morning breakfast light and healthy, she asked us whether it was ok for us and i was happily nodded 'yes' to every SINGLE time, on those days, i ran miles away from Idli, the typical morning breakfast at our home !!! 
There is a tradition in South Tamilnadu, on the fifth month of women's pregnancy, this paal kanji(made with rice) is made by girl's family to treat her. All the close relatives are invited to make this kanji and together they make this paal kanji and paal kozhukattai on one auspicious day. Then this paal kanji along with a pieces of jaggery(aachu vellam) &  paal kozhukattai are given to all neighbors and relatives nearby to share their happiness !!! Ok, coming to today's recipe, i ditto followed the Amma's recipe but i have used millets in the place of  rice, that's all. In our home, we used to have this paal kanji with some jaggery/palm jaggery. One sip of kanji and one bite of jaggery, that's how we eat :-). But for savory version, you can have it with pickle. 
Without further delay, let's check out the recipe, but if you want to know what i have prepared for past 3 days under Whole Grains, here they are
Day 1 - Kambu Koozh
Day 2 - Millet/Samai Puliyodharai
Day 3 - Millet/Kuthiraivali Upma

Samai Kanji

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Millet - 1/2 cup
Water - 1& 1/2 cup
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seed - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1 to 1&1/2 cup
Salt - to taste

Take the millet in a pressure cooker, wash it twice and add the water. Put it on the flame.Add the cumin seed, fenugreek seed and salt into the millet.Cover the pressure cooker with lid and cook it for 3 whistles.Once the pressure released from the pressure cooker automatically, open the lid and slightly mash the millet with the ladle.Heat the milk till it comes to boil and then add into the millet and mix well.Tada, Samai Paal Kanji is ready to serve. Serve it with jaggery/palm jaggery or pickle.
  • Adjust the consistency of kanji as per your liking. The given measurement yield spoonable kanji, If you want drinkable kanji, add more water or milk as per your liking.
  • Cumin and fenugreek seed give great flavor to the kanji.
  • In addition to cumin & fenugreek, some times i have added few garlic gloves too. 
  • The kanji tends to thick quickly, so add milk just before serving.
  • Since we like to have with jaggery, i have added only 1/2 the amount of required salt.


  1. I never knew about the ritual with paal kanji / kozhukattai! Nice to read about it. I have made more kanji and this one is very new to me. Bookmarking it to try.

    1. I guess only certain community in south tamilnadu follows these rituals, so it may not be known to many outsiders, PJ. Thanks, try and let me know how you like it.

  2. Lovely tradition we have na, we dont do this way, but still we have some rituals to follow during the pregenancy period. Kanji looks lipsmacking..

    1. Yep, those are lovely tradition,Priya. Thanks.

  3. Wow! that is very interesting tradition with paal kanji. This looks very good.

  4. I am totally new to these customs and interesting to read on it. The kaanji sounds great, I am sure both the versions would be lovely, though I prefer the savory one.

    1. Certain community in south tamilnadu follows these customs, so it may not be known to many outsiders, Vaishali. Thanks and I prefer sweet one :-)

  5. wow that is so nice of to share your childhood fav recipe, and a very interesting tradition .. The saamai kanji does surely look like a nod your head yes kind of breakfast, in the morning it is so filling and quick to drink one. semma kanji throughly enjoying your millet series !!

  6. I have never tasted paal kanji, but I used to run a mile away when my mom made kanji. This version of kanji looks too good. And the millets make it extra special..

  7. That is a very interesting kanji with millets and milk. Looks so comforting, hearty and delicious.

    1. Yes, Pavani,One comforting porridge it is !!!

  8. I make it in the similar way it is more filling and easy to prepare!!

  9. Never knew about that traditional. Love all these rituals... :-) Using millet as rice alternative is amazing. Great share Sandhiya

  10. Very nice to read about such traditions and the food related to it..The kanji looks and sounds so good!