Rice Soup – Kanjiyum Payarum

Kanji means different things to different people. Coming from Kerala, this is a delicious meal for me. For my Tamil Nadu husband, this is the meal to have only when you get sick. Since we can’t seem to agree, I hardly cook this.

Thankfully, now a days lunch times are pretty much just ‘me time’. Lunch for husband and kiddo is a tiny, compressed lunch box affair. Where as for me, its the time to unleash my creative side – by coming up with ideas to avoid cooking! 

This simple Kanji fits in the bill. Simple to make, but delicious beyond description. Served with a dose of love, its simply the best meal possible.

But serve it with Payaru and Chammanthi, it will taste even better!

Serves : 1


  • Rice                      :          1/2 cup (preferably Kerala red rice)
  • Water                   :          3 cups (5-6 times the quantity of rice)
For Payaru:
  • Green gram       :          1/2 cup
  • Coconut              :          2 tbsp
  • Green Chilli       :          1
  • Cumin seeds     :          1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds :          1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli           :          1
  • Oil, salt


  1. Wash and clean the rice. Cook in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water (5-6 times the amount of rice) till the rice is well cooked. Its fine if the rice is slightly over cooked. Do not drain the excess water.
  2. Add salt and serve with payaru and chammanthi.
  3. For payaru, pressure cook the whole green gram in one cup of water for 1-2 whistles. The dal needs to be cooked through, but shouldn’t be mushy. Drain excess water once its cooked and cooled and keep aside.
  4. Grind the coconut, jeera, chilli together.
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and red chilli. Add the cooked whole green gram and salt. Add the ground coconut and mix till everything is well combined. Serve with Kanji.
  6. For chammanthi, grind 1/4 cup coconut with 1/2 tsp jeera, salt, one red chilli and a very small piece of tamarind. Do a taste test and add/adjust accordingly. Serve with Kanji.

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11 responses to “Rice Soup – Kanjiyum Payarum

  1. Awesome Rajani, the simplest things in life are often the tastiest. Lovely presentation

  2. Addition of payaru is new to me. Looks very inviting. I love to have it with lemon pickle…

  3. Yea yea, for us kanji is an obligation to eat when we are sick, cant change it…Btw if you serve me with payaru, i can have it for everyday..Nutritious and filling meal..

  4. Roshni

    Rajani – its been a while since i made this. good that you reminded me. i think we also have the same situation at home. My ‘Tamil’ husband likes this, but does not enjoy it the way we do :-) anyways, am going to make it sometime this week.

  5. Nalini

    Kanji looks yummy,healthy and comfort food.

  6. This is very very new for me. Like it.

  7. Wow..you can’t ask for more.If I have bit of chuttaracha chammanthi too,it’s more than a feast.Total comfort food..Nicely done dear.

  8. Haven’t had a chance to try this Kerala special but it looks like a soup for the soul!

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