Nombu Kanji (Porridge with chicken and mixed vegetable)

Nombu Kanji (Porridge with chicken and mixed vegetable) is a healthy and nutritional dish.This recipe for my Muslim friends during the fasting season of Ramadan or Ramzaan. In this period the adult Muslims sacrifice their food and water from sun rise to sun set. After the long fasting hours, they break their fast by consuming dates and nuts. When they eat and drink light meal like soups, porridge, salads etc. I think this Nombu Kanji (Porridge with chicken and mixed vegetable) is a good and healthy energizer for them because I prepare here a non-veg version of porridge. In this recipe I add basmati rice, boneless chicken, some vegetables, grated coconut, fresh milk and spices. Even non vegetarians can add boneless mutton or fish pieces instead of chicken. At the same time for vegetarians, just remove the meat items from the ingredients and add/include more vegetables as per your taste. I enjoy this awesome kanji/porridge to use jack fruit leaf spoon or plavilla spoon ( In kerala, it is a custom and practice) which is out of this world πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ so I decide to cook it once a month subsequently. Try this simple and tasty kanji/porridge recipe and enjoy πŸ™‚ have a blessed and a peaceful Ramadan/Ramzaan season to all πŸ™‚

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Recipe Type Main Dish/Porridge
Cooking and Preparation Time 20 to30 Minutes
Serve to 3

Ingredients For Nombu Kanji (Porridge with chicken and mixed vegetable)

Ingredients Quantity Notes
Basmati Rice 200g soaked and dried
Boneless Chicken 150g Chopped finely
Any Veg Oil 2 Tablespoon
Onion 1 big Sliced Finely
Green Chilly 2 Chopped Finely
Ginger 2 inch root chopped Finely
Garlic 2 Cloves Chopped Finely
Chilly Powder Β½ tablespoon
Turmeric Powder Β½ teaspoon
Coriander Powder Β½ Tablespoon
Garam Masala/Meat Masala Β½ Teaspoon
Roasted Cumin Powder Β½ teaspoon
Carrot 1 medium Size Chopped Finely
Green peas 100 gram You can use chopped French beans instead of green peas
Cabbage 100g Chopped loosely
Tomato 1 Small Chopped
Grated Coconut 100g Fresh
Fresh Milk 1 Cup You can use thin coconut milk instead of cow’s milk
Salt as per your taste
Water As per required
Chopped Coriander Leaves Few For Garnishing
Pepper Powder A pinch For Garnishing

Method For Nombu Kanji (Porridge with chicken and mixed vegetable)

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β€’ Heat oil in a pressure cooker in a medium heat. Add onion, green chilly, ginger and garlic. Stir until light brown.
β€’ Add chicken pieces and stir well.
β€’ Lower the flame and add spices and staute 2 minutes.
β€’ Add all vegetables and stir well.
β€’ Add dried basmati rice and grated coconut, mix and stir well.
β€’ Add salt and water as per required. ( It approximately 4 cups water)
β€’ Cover it and cook until the cooker whistle thrice.
β€’ Turn off the heat and leave it to release pressure.
β€’ When the pressure is released well, uncover the cooker and check its water consistency. If it is very thick, add water (as per your desiring consistency) and boil it.
β€’ Lower the flame and add fresh milk and heat 2 minutes.(Do not boil after adding milk)
β€’ Turn off the heat, taste and add salt if required.
β€’ Sprinkle and garnish the porridge with pepper powder and coriander leaves.
β€’ Serve mild hot with pickles or fries and enjoy !

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Nombu Kanji/Porridge normally is in a smashed texture. You can cook and smash it as per your desirable texture

You can add lentil/daal in this recipe but reduce the rice proportion

You can add/include white oats or raw oats also in this recipe


  1. rojameeran says

    Awesome presentation..Lovely Nombu Kanji..It looks very nutritiuos..I also do Nombu Kanji but in different style..will def try this one too..Rani

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