Delicious Vishu Kanji a sweet rice and peas pudding made with coconut milk, jaggery and spices.Traditional breakfast severed during Vishu.
Vishu is around the corner, it is on April 14th, I haven’t done any shopping for Vishukani and I will need to do that soon. It is one of the festivals that I love to elaborate with lot of memories. I was sick last week, down with sore throat and redness in eyes. So I went to the doctor and got an eye drop which in turn had a bad side effect; ended up watery and severely irritated eyes for last two days.
Now I am feeling better, recovered, so next in my list is to celebrate Vishu. As I mentioned earlier, I am in search of Vishu special recipes of Kerala, south India for some years. This year I tried Vishukanji from Kochi area, where they serve this delicious sweet recipe for their breakfast.
My friend Suja of Kitchen corner try it , told me while during the phone conversation that in Kochi they make this sweet vishukanji and then there will be feast which includes both veggies and non-vegetarian food. In my home there will be only vegetarian dishes, like my mom used to make every year.
This year as I have moved to a new house, I couldn’t get lot of vegetables which I regularly buy for Vishu. For vishukani, I need yellow cucumber which is called “ kanivellari”, however I couldn’t find them here unless I make drive of about 1 hour each way to try to get it, that too not sure. May be I will do without them they also join this list of missing items which include Kanikonna/Cassia fistula/Golden shower tree. I will substitute with some yellow color flower.
If you like sweet dishes for your breakfast try this vishukanji which is sweet, for me they taste like thick rice paysam/ pudding with red cow peas which mainly used in curries otherwise.I used recipe which I saw in old Grihalakshmi magazine along with Suja’s recipe.
It is really easy to put together, only need to make sure to cook both beans and rice separately. I didn't use any pressure cooker, if you make in large quantities use that to reduce the cooking time.
Give it a try you will like it. Here comes the recipe.
Rinse and wash the rice and add it into a sauce pot
Rice with cococonut milk
While rice is getting cooked . Melt the jaggery with water
Add jaggery water
Cooked brown beans/ vanparyu/ red cow peas
Add cooked beans into rice mixture
Add cumin, ginger and cardamom powder
Finally add coconut milk
Fry the coconut pieces in ghee
Golden colored fried coconut
cooked Vishu Sweet Kanji
Vishu kanji Sweet Version
- ½ cup raw rice
- ⅕ cup vanpayru/ brown beans / Red cow peas
- ⅓ cup jaggery
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- 2 tablespoon coconut pieces
- 10 cashew nuts I used roasted one
- 4 ½ water
- In a medium pot add washed rice and 3 ¾ cup water +¼ cup coconut milk and cook until it is really well done.
- In another pot cook the vanpayru/red cow peas until it is really soft, drain and set aside.
- In small pot melt jaggery with ¼ cup water and strain for impurities and set aside.
- Add jaggery water,
- cooked red cow peas to the cooked rice and add ¼ cup coconut milk +¼ cup water then continue cook.
- To this add roasted cumin powder, ground ginger powder and cardamom powder.
- Before switching off the flame add rest of coconut milk.
- Heat ghee in pan
- and add coconut and roast
- until it becomes brown in color and well toasted.
- Add this toasted coconut and roasted cashews and enjoy
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.