Friday 24 May 2013

Kayihalu Ganji / Coconut Milk Ganji ( Porridge) / Coconut Gruel Rice Recipe

Posted by Veena Karanth at 07:49:00
Kayihalu Ganji / Congee or Coconut Milk Porridge  is something that is very yummy to taste and to look at. Basically, this dish was used to be prepared in those days when the farmers used to receive their fresh set of harvested rice from the fields. On the Vijaya Dashami day, this fresh rice used to be cooked and had its own important position when served on the plantain leaf.
Malnad areas and coastal Karnataka people are well aware of this rice item. Very healthy and delicious also , while eating. As this dish is basically made of rice, it is rich in carbohydrate. The taste of the coconut milk is awesome and makes the rice unique.
As this dish does not contain any sort of masalas, it can be eaten irrespectively from a child to an age old person. Even people suffering from acidity can eat it without any guilt. However, those people suffering from diabetics and cholesterol problems will have to restrict their consumption due to the carbohydrate content in the rice.

Kayihalu Ganji recipe

How To Prepare Kayihalu Ganji / Coconut Milk Ganji ( Porridge) / Coconut Gruel Rice

This dish usually takes around 1 hour to boil the rice and prepare the coconut milk.

Ingredients To prepare Kayihalu Ganji

  • Cooking Rice - 1 Cup
  • Coconut scrapings - 1 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - 2 tsp

Method To prepare Kayihalu Ganji

  • Take a cooker, wash the rice and now add 3 cups of water and let the rice boil
  • After 3 - 4 whistles switch off the flame.
  • Let it cool.
  • In the mean time, take a mixer , add the coconut scrapings and water( 3/4 cup) and run the mixer for a few seconds.
  • Now, use a strainer and pour the grounded coconut mixture content into a vessel kept below the strainer.
  • Press and squeeze the coconut scrapings, and the milk will get collected in the vessel
  • Again, transfer the coconut scrapings to the mixer and run it for a few seconds.
  • now, collect this coconut milk in a different vessel so that it will be used only if necessary
  • Take a pan and add the rice content and mix it with the coconut milk mixture.
  • The ganji has to be in a semi solid state, so if the mixture is too thick add more coconut milk to get it diluted to a semi solid state.
Coconut Milk Porridge

So, Kaji halu ganji / coconut milk gruel rice is now ready to be served !!!

Kitchen Masti Points

  1. In case, you run short of coconut milk, do not panic, you can use ordinary milk also as a substitute.
  2. You can serve this dish along with ghee and pickle.
  3. This is something that can be eaten at any point of time - irrespective of whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  4. Those people who do not wish to eat it with the ghee can replace it with the butter but in my opinion ghee is the best combination

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