1.1.10

Milk Conjee - Childhood Calls!!!




Milk Porridge:

Paal Kanji, Noi-Arisi Kanjee. Rice Gruel. Rice Porridge. Rice Pottage.

A great baby food Milk and lentils based congee is the first semi-solid food given to babies after milk (India). However, adding mashed vegetables and fruits are highly recommended by nutrition scientists.

Aganaanuru(Anthologies of Family Life, II Century.B.C)An ancient Tamil poem talks about motherhood and I am inclined to mention few words about it. The poem is about 'How a mother feeds her daughter?'...she has milk porridge in a silver bowl, but the baby girl is so playful and doesn't eat her food...she keeps wandering in the garden but won't eat! Mother pulls a slender twig and wraps it up with jasmine flowers. Now, pretends to her daughter "if she doesn't eat, she would hit". (The lady is so careful 'not to hit her daughter and not to give even a slightest harm...that is why jasmine flowers are wrapped up on the twig)! So sweet, huh.

My Mommy said, she had no stamina to hold me(when I was a baby). My mother is a fragile lady and she always had and has health issues! She said, I was made to stand on the window pane while feeding:( Guess, right from the start...I was trained to take care of myself!! Maybe that is why, I turned out strong and very independent!!!

Ingredients:

Parboiled rice, broken /halved - 1/4 cup
Milk 4 cups
Salt to taste/ sugar to taste.

Method:

Pressure cook rice with water till tender.

While the rice is still warm, mash them. Add salt and 4 cups of milk. Cover and set aside.

Now the rice will imbibe the milk...mix well and bring it up into voluminous kanji consistency. Serve at room temperature.

35 comments:

Pavithra said...

Wow thats best comfortable one forever.. looks so so yummy. Malar wish you happy and prosperous new year dear...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks like cerelac what my kid eats now :)

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Malar
Wonderful writing and a great read to start the year...I never fed some thing like this to my daughters...but would love to eat with too much of sugar!!!
Thank you so much for this writing...Happy New Year

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice healthy one....

Nithya said...

Yumm yumm yummm :)

AshKuku said...

Childhood memories were flashed.... not of me....as I was small u c...very tiny when I got to eat it... I remember, my brother being fed & me stealing a spoon or so from his bowl......after I was pulled up, to be not so tiny.....;-)

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Nice entry Malar!! Wish u n ur family very very happy new year :)

Rachana Kothari said...

Dear Malar,

Your post reminded me of my childhood:)A great post!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Rachana
http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/

simplyfood said...

This looks interesting almost like creamy rice pudding , but didnt quite understand the use of salt and sugar.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Wish u n ur family a very happy new year :). The milk kanji does get me nostalgic!

kothiyavunu said...

Comfort,Healthy and Yum!!Happy New Year!!

prasu said...

lovely writeup dear.............lovely dish dear.

Gita said...

Interesting story Malar, love your presentation, looks very beautiful :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks wonderful... Nice story about childhood, I think New Year does that to us.
Have a great New Year ahead!

Indrani said...

Great first post of new year..wish you & your family a wonderful new year ahead

Shri said...

Heard abt Kanji but never had one..Looks lovely!Wish you and your family a very happy new year!!

Dolly said...

Great way to begin 2010, with your childhood memories. My mom would also make Dalia (split wheat porridge) when we were kids. Thanks for sharing this recipe, its a gr8 reminder, I can make it for my kids while they are still young. Also loved your presentation,serving it in a silver bowl with a silver spoon.

Wishing you and your family a happy, fun filled and healthy 2010.Also let me thank you for all the love and support extended to me and my blog. That surely is a great motivation to keep blogging.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Wonderful write up da. I too like that poem very much. Jasmine flower wrapped twig shows the depth of mother's love and it is not more deeper than your mom trying to feed you with her own health problems. I understand mom's love towards you. My prayers for your whole family always da.
Paal conji looks comforting. Even now I love this very much.
Love the way you presented it along with that rose.
Happy New year da.

Soma Pradhan said...

Wish you too malar and your family a very happy new year.. thanks for sharing thsi recipe..Its my hubby's fav..will try to make this

Nandini said...

The canjee looks delcious! I want to have it with pickle!

kamalabhoopathy said...

Lovely dish suitable for all.

Wishing you and your family happy and prosperous new year 2010.

Pari said...

Hi Malar, have a rocking year and be strong as always. Now that we all know the secret for that...great write up dear.

Priya said...

Such a comforting food...Happy 2010 Malar!

Gulmohar said...

Lovely dish to start the new year...yummy and comforting..Wish you a wonderful 2010 ,Malar !!!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Happy new year Malar....
we call this dish as paal kanji..it was my favorite in childhood days..you made me nostalgic...i wish to have it right now...:(..as im in my home till delivery now its really easy to make amma to cook this as before..

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey very tasty n simple sweet dish..hey malar wish u n ur family a very happy n prosperous new year...

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Mmm this dish looks healthy and outstanding for my palate :)

The Best 2010 to you and to your family Malar!

Cheers,

Gera

chakhlere said...

Lovely and tempting pics Malar!!!!
I liked your silver bowl very much.

Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

happy new year dear...nice post..one of the most memorable sweet kanji

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice pics malar,simple and best food anytime..

Padhu said...

Reminds me of my childhood days!
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

PJ said...

looks great! a very healthy and delicious start to 2010!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

That sure is comfort food, Wishes for a Happy 2010.

Dershana said...

Hi girlie, good you reminded me of this. my little one too makes me run all around (being in the middle east running around happens only inside the flat:-)tmmrw gonna try paal kanji on her :-)you know what, you sure are one person with whom i'd really like to be friends with :-)

Rina said...

Loved your write up Malar !!!