Ramadan Food: Nombu Kanji and mutton vadai recipe

Hubby loves to explore Street food and as Ramadan comes the festivity begins with the street food, in Bangalore he would make many trips to Frazer town to splurge on the various things available, like fish, Biryani, prawns, pathar Kebab, chicken on sticks, stuffed rumali roti, and my favourite dessert firni.
As much as we are missing the Ramadan food fest in Chennai, hubby made a trip to Sheikh Daud Road,Triplicane and discovered some food here already, so the first day he managed to get Biryani, little Mutton Vadais and the Nombu Kanji, We all loved the kanji and the little vadais, after doing lot of research we planned to recreate it for dinner.
So let’s begin with the kanji recipe.
What you will need
Rice 1/2 cup
Moong dal 1/4th of a cup
Veggies chopped carrots,beans, peas,
Minced meat (you can avoid meat for a vegetarian kanji) 1 cup full
Ginger- garlic 1 paste
Onions 1
Tomato 1
Coriander leaves handful
Turmeric 1 tbsp
Chilli powder 1/2 tbsp
Salt adjust accordingly
To grind
Coconut 1/2/cup
Coriander seeds 2/tbsp
Cumin seeds 2 tbsp
Turmeric a pinch
Little water since we need coconut milk
For tadka
Fenugreek seeds: very little
Cumin seeds little
Khada Garam masala


Grind rice and moong dal to coarse texture and soak in water.


Chop veggies like carrots, beans ,onions and tomatoes, make fresh ginger -garlic paste.


Add oil in a pressure cooker, add little fenugreek seeds, saunf and jeera.
Add Garam masalas bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, then add onions,ginger-garlic paste after the raw smell goes add green chilli then add minced mutton.


Cook the minced Mutton for 5  to 7 minutes then add tomato and then the masalas, turmeric, salt and red chilli powder, also the veggies chopped carrots, beans, peas and coriander leaves, and the soaked rice and dal.
Grind coconut with little jeera seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric, filter the coconut milk and add it to the pressure cooker, adequate amount of water.
Close the pressure cooker and leave it for 6-7 whistles…
And ta..da the Kanji is ready ..just before serving add some lime.


Looks very simple but you can calculate the health benefits, with veggies,meat, dal and rice, yeah and the taste is amazing.
A complete pot meal of health, I guess that’s why it is chosen to break the fast after full day of fast. It’s very light on the stomach inspite of so many things that goes inside it.

And yeah the story is not yet over, a very interesting accompaniment is there for the kanji.
Save some minced Mutton for that .
Cook minced Mutton with turmeric and salt for 10 minutes.
Mean time chop onions, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, green chilli very finely.


Take some roasted gram that we use for chutney and grind it coarsely.


After the mutton is cooked, cool it complete and grind it.


Now mix all the ingredients together onions,green chilli,ginger,garlic,Mutton paste, roasted gram powder, salt, coriander powder, chilli powder, Garam masala powder, add little peas.
make a nice dough sprinkling some water if needed, make small tikkis or mini small round balls, wrap in corn flour for crispy taste.image

Deep fry them and enjoy the crunchy vadas with the Kanji.


There you go..a healthy recipe inspired from the Ramadan food festival.
Enjoy the taste, the subtle taste of kanji with crispy vadas..


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