Kanji Payar Recipe Kerala Style Dinner – Traditional Kerala Dinner Recipe – Healthy & Easy Dinner Rice Soup With Lentils Recipe
How To Make/Serve Kerala Kanji With Payar – Easy Kanji Kerala Food Recipe
Kerala Style Kanji With Payar (Cherupayar thoran or vanpayar thoran or any other popular lentils)
Kanji payar recipe from Kerala is one of the most popular traditional dinner recipes from Kerala which is easy to make and serve as well as healthy for anyone. Kanji is a malayalam word which actually means rice soup, where rice is cooked with an excess of water and this water is not drained out. The prepared rice with the water used to prepare it is served for dinner along with cooked lentils like green grams or red cowpeas.
This rice soup with lentils is an Indian recipe and to be specific, this is a South Indian recipe which is a very popular, traditional, simple, delicious and health recipe from Kerala.
This prepared rice with water is kind of rice soup and in Kerala you usually find boiled brown rice used more popularly. You can also use white rice for the preparation, but as I mentioned, boiled brown rice popularly known as Kerala rice is usually used for the preparation.
In my pictures here, you will see white rice soup of kanji made of white rice, as I didn’t have the Kerala style brown rice with me. In my parents home, they almost always prepare the brown rice kanji with payar (lentils) for dinner which I loved to have while I grew up, and I still love to enjoy the dish at any time of the day.
Kanji wit payar recipe is simple to make and we enjoy it like the most delicious Kerala food in the world 🙂 yes, it is obviously so yummy especially if you enjoy it with delicacies like spicy mango pickle and thick coconut chutney made without gravy and also papad which is the Kerala style fried wafers made of lentils.
Payar is the malayalam word for lentils and you can see that the most popular payar used along with kanji in kerala are cherupayar (green mung beans) and also vanpayar (red cowpeas), and cherupayar or green mung beans is the most popular out of these. There are other kind of lentils that are also used with kanji or Kerla rice soup, like muthira payar.
And most commonly the lentils are prepared with coconut to go with the rice soup, eventhough you can also prepare the lentils without coconut and enjoy it with rice soup (in that case usually you do a a tadka or seasoning with fried mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chilies to mix with the cooked lentils).
The lentils prepared with coconut in Kerala style is generally known as payar thoran and you can use cherupayar thoran or vanpayar thoran with kanji or Kerala style rice soup. Here is how you can prepare the cherupayar thoran and vanapayar thoran.
I will show you how to make Kanji to serve with payar or lentils prepared with coconut. I am using white basmati rice here for the preparation of kanji or rice soup. If you use any other kind of white rice or brown rice, follow the instructions on the package on how to cook the rice and how much water you need to cook the rice and use extra water like about 2 to 3 cups extra so you will have extra water for the rice soup.
I do not add salt to the kanji or rice soup as you will have enough salt in the cooked lentils or payar thoran, but that is your choice and you can add salt if you wish.
If you are adding the salt, you can add it with the rice and water as you cook it, or you can prepare the rice soup and just mix the salt as needed. This way, if you are serving the kanji or rice soup for anyone else, they will have the choice to have it with or without the salt.
To learn how to make kanji payar recipe, you need to learn how to make Kerala kanji recipe and you need to learn how to make Kerala payar thoran recipe to serve with kanji. So to lear how to make knji payar recipe, first let us learn how to make kerala kanji following Kerala kanji recipe and I have recipes for Kerala style payar thoran in my blog for both cherupayar thoran and vanpayar thoran recipes, so I will link to those recipes too from this page. So you can learn how to make kanji and how to make payar thoran for kanji and serve the kanji and payar for dinner!
So here is how you can prepare the rice kanji or rice soup Kerala style following this easy kanji recipe.
Makes 2 servings of kanji
Ingredients to make Kerala kanji recipe – Kerala style rice soup rice
White basmati rice 1 Cup
Water 3 Cups
Salt as required (optional)
Instructions to prepare Kanji Kerala recipe – Kanji Rice soup Keral Style
We can either prepare the rice using a rice cooker, a pot or pan, or using a pressure cooker.
If you are using a rice cooker, follow the directions and guidelines as mentioned in the cooker and just use an extra cup of water.
To prepare the rice in a pot or pan, follow the directions here.
Wash the rice and transfer the rice to the pot.
Add the water to the pot with rice and start heating the water by heating on high heat (with the pot open).
As the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to very low heat, close the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, you can open the pot, you can see that your rice is cooked nicely and it has enough water in it with the consistency of soup, so you can use it as rice soup or kanji.
If you feel you want more water for the soup, feel free to add more and you may heat it for another 1 or 2 minutes so the rice soup will blend very nicely.
If you are using a pressure cooker to make the kanji, you can follow the directions here.
Wash the rice and transfer the rice to the pressure cooker.
Add the water, mix well and close the pressure cooker with the lid. While using the pressure cooker, make sure you are following the directions and guidelines mentioned in the manual including the use of safety valve as this is very important for safety.
Cook in medium for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the first whistle has come.
After 10 minutes, you can switch off the stove and wait the for the pressure cooker to cool down.
Once the pressure cooker is cool enough, you can open the cooker and see if your rice is cooked with the right consistency of rice soup. If needed you can add more water and cook for few more minutes (keeping the cooker open without lid) or until the right consistency of rice soup is reached.
Serve the prepared rice kanji or Kerala style rice soup with payar thoran and enjoy the Kerala style traditional dinner!
Notes: There is another kanji payar recipe from Kerala from you prepare the rice and lentils together in the same pressure cooker and this is a different style of preparation as this is a one pot kanji payar recipe. As I post the recipe for one pot kanji payar recipe in my blog, I will link to the recipe from here. Thanks!