Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thari Kanji/ Semolina porridge

When I was working in Trivandrum soon after the college days, along with friends, we used to stay at a rented house. Every evening, we used to buy vegetable, milk, curds, fis etc on daily basis as we didn't have a fridge there.. (Can't imagine living without a fridge now..). And we cooked each night wonderful dinner with rice, curry, thoran and at times with fish or chicken too.. Sonia was the expert in fish cutting and frying.. mmm... beautiful days from past...So coming back to thari Kanji, it was one of the very common breakfast item for me and Kavya on most of the busy mornings. And almost all days had busy mornings, we had to apply kastoori manjal to increase our complexion, we had to gossip about everyone around us, we had to select the dress for office...etc etc :D
Thari Kanji is a very quick, easy to cook breakfast with mild sweet taste.  It is one among the many yummy Nombu thurakkal ( breaking Ramzan fasting) dish as well. It is considered to be good for lactating mothers too.. My mom used to make this for me every day after I gave birth to my lovely son..

  1. Milk - 1.5 - 2 cups
  2. Semolina/ Rava, roasted - 2.5tbs
  3. Sugar to taste
  4. Cardamom - 1(optional)
  5. Saffron - a pinch (optional)
  • When rava is cooked, its solid white or cream color will change to a bit transparent
  • Thari Kanji is not a very sweet dish, it should be mildly sweetened
  1. Heat 1.5 cup milk in a saucepan
  2. Add cardamom and saffron if you are using it
  3. When milk is hot, add rava and  stir so that there is no lumps formed
  4. Once the rava is cooked, add sugar and mix well
  5. If porridge  is too thick, add little more milk, if too thin, add 1/2 to 1 tsp more rava and cook it.
  6. Switch off the flame and enjoy it warm


  1. wow..your blog remind me the wonderful memories that the same you had..that was very funny moments also most lovely..This is one of my favorite dish..Rava dishes are very special for me..Thanks for the recipe.