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Ulundu (Urad Dal) Kanji

Ulundu_Urad_Dal_Kanji_1Kanji (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.

Kanji is prepared as sweet or savory with many cereals like rice, wheat, ragi, oats and so on. Lentils are mixed with rice to cook kanji with a creamy texture.

Here I have prepared Ulundu (Urad Dal) Kanji. Though it is called as Urad Dal Kanji, rice is also used in this. This is a very light and traditional food. Cooking time is also very less. I learned this from my mother-in-law. 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.

Serves: 3
Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes

Ingredients Ulundu_Urad_Dal_Kanji_2

  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Urad dal white – cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Garlic chopped – 4 cloves
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste


  • Roast urad dal in a dry pan till golden or nice flavor comes from that; dry roast cumin and fenugreek seeds also separately like this.
  • Wash rice and put it in a cooker; add all roasted items, grated coconut and chopped garlic; add 4 cups of water; pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistle.

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  • Nice aroma fills your home when this cooks; allow it to cool; mash partially with churner; add salt and 1 cup of water and mix well.


  • Adjust water consistency according to your need. I cooked it semi solid.
  • Serve hot with roasted Papad and any Thuvayal.



  • Those who don’t like garlic replace it with a pinch of asafetida.

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya February 27, 2010, 2:35 pm

    healthy,and very easy to make as well

  • Priya February 28, 2010, 5:11 pm

    My grandma used to make out this kanji, makes me nostalgic…healthy and filling kanji..

  • poornima March 10, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Thanks a lot! very easy and simple steps!!
    feel very happy…

  • shobana January 24, 2011, 10:34 am

    thanks for the beautiful healthy recipe

  • karthik July 6, 2012, 10:46 am

    This is very easy and heatlhy too

  • mahalakshmi October 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

    thank u for your useful tips…

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