Ulunthan Kanji / Uluntham Kanji / Ulundhu Kanji

For the letter U,under Journey through Tamil cuisine I am sharing a village style kanji/porrige made with urad dhal.
Though there were options like ulunthu bonda,ukkarai,urulaikilangu paal kari for U,I decided to make this kanji as it is a forgotten recipe.

This is a mildly sweetened kanji/porridge and made especially in the winter and served warm.In villages this kanji is often served in the evenings instead of tea/coffee.Another salty version is also made along with rice and skinned whole urad.The salty version is served along with coconut thogayal and pickle for a comforting breakfast.Once in awhile this used to be our Sunday breakfast back in my parents place.

Coming to the recipe its an easy to make porridge and can be sweetened with jaggery or palm sugar.The addition of grated coconut and the cardamom powder is added flavor to the porridge.Also this kanji is given to girls especially at the time of puberty to strengthen the spinal cord and back bones.

In our house hold this porridge is made often and while grinding the idly batter my mom used to take a handful of urad batter and make.A handful of batter serves a family of 4 generously and the urad dhal after cooking becomes more fluffy.Lets move on to the recipe............

                                                   Ulunthan Kanji/Ulutham Kanji

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 2-3 hours
   Cooking time ~ 20-25 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)



Urad dhal/ulutham paruppu
1/4 cup
Raw rice/pacharisi
1 tsp
1/2 cup
3/4 tsp
3 tbs
Cardamom powder/ellakai podi
a pinch
Milk (boiled)
1 cup(optional)

  • Rinse the dhal and rice  couple of times in water and soak it together for 2-3 hours minimum.After the soaking time drain the water completely and grind it to a fine paste in a blender along with salt.Add water and grind it.Transfer the batter to a bowl and to this add around 2 cups of water and mix it well.It should be like buttermilk consistency.Melt the jaggery with 1/4 cup of water and pass it through a strainer,keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with one cup of water and let it boil,once the water gets boiled add the ground batter mixed with water.Stir it continuously,otherwise lumps may form.Let it cook with continuous stirring for 3-4 minutes.Once the urad dhal cooked it looks shiny and smooth.
  • Now to this add the melted jaggery and mix it well.Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes in a medium flame with occasional stirring .Add in the grated coconut and cardamom powder to it.
  • Mix it well and let it cook for a minute.
  • Serve it warm.

  • The kanji will become thick after cooling,so adjust the consistency while cooking.If you feel its too thick after adding melted jaggery add hot water and adjust the consistency.
  • Grated coconut and the amount of jaggery can be adjusted according to personal preference.
  • After adding the urad dhal batter to the boiling water mix it continuously .


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Healthy and yummy kanji. As you mentioned this is must in during the puberty time. they prepare kali also.

This is something different and first time heard of sweet dish made from Urad dal. Wanted to know if we can add dry fruits to this.

So healthy and with clicks like that..can't resist!..very lovely

Very healthy and super nutritious Kanji, simply fabulous and its been a while i had it.

This marathon gave us an opportunity to cook some forgotten recipes, isn't it? I am glad you picked one of such forgotten recipe.

This looks like a real earthy and rustic drink..new to me, looks very interesting.

What an interesting kanji using urad dal Nalini. Another completely new recipe for me. Thanks for sharing this traditional dish.

I am not used to Kanji / ganji recipes. However this one like the semolina ganji sounds more like a yummy kheer. Glad that you chose to post about a forgotten dish.

Have never heard of kanji with urad dal... sounds really interesting...

Never heard of this dish but looks very nutritious. After my ulundu pongal, it may take some time for me to experiment with urad dhal..

Wow! this is such an interesting version of kanji. bookmarked

Really interesting kanji with Urad dal, healthy one too.

This looks like an interesting drink to try on.

Lovely kanji and wonderful pictures. Loved the one with the pour!

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If you feel the porridge is too thick,then add the boiled milk and adjust the consistency.Hot water can also be used.

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