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