Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Varagu Kanji | Porridge with kodo millet

The second recipe I tried with Kodo millet is a simple kanji. H had running nose one day and preferred to have some hot kanji. Instead of making it with the normal rice, I made it with varagu.  I made this kanji just similar to vendhaya kanji we make with coconut milk. But I used normal milk instead of coconut milk. Since garlic cooked in milk is good for common cold, I chose this recipe. And it was very soothing to have it hot. I made it with just 1/2 cup (125 grams) of varagu and the quantity was huge. We both had it for about 3 times. This would be a very good option for a healthy breakfast.


Varagu / foxtail millet -1/2 cup
Milk -1 cup
Water -1/2 cup
Garlic -4 flakes
Pepper powder -1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds / jeera - 1/2 tsp
Salt -As needed


  • Wash and drain the kodo millet.
  • In a pressure cooker add the varag (millet), milk, water and peeled garlic.
  • Pressure cook in medium flame for 1 whistle and then cook it in low flame for 10 minutes. Once done, mash it well.
  • Add more water or milk and salt. Bring to boil and continue until you get the desired consistency.
  • Add crushed cumin seeds and pepper powder at last.

Varagu kanji is ready!!!


  • Milk is optional. You can make this kanji with plain water too.
  • You can add curry leaves or coriander leaves also.

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  1. For me kanji is always a food when sick. I never make it at ordinary days. This is a healthy variation to the rice kanji we make..

  2. This Kanji looks like home remedy for common cold.

  3. Love this soothing and comforting kanji. Interesting use of millet in there.

  4. Perfect for breakfast ..healthy , comforting.

  5. Perfect timings...I need it as having cold rite now :)

  6. Perfect timings...I need it as having cold rite now :)

  7. Kanji with millets sound healthy and comforting.

  8. Wow, my kind of food, just want to have a super huge bowl rite now.

  9. I have never eaten any Kanji in my life but that sounds like a comforting and filling one.

  10. yummy seems like very filling kanji

  11. That looks like a flavorful kanji. Great recipe!

  12. Milk and garlic that is an unusual combo to me. Looks good.

  13. i dont mind one right now...need some comfort food

  14. Very nice one and since its so healthy all the more reasons to include!