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Kanji/ Ganji

Sarah & Safiyah
A rice based soup mostly prepared during Ramadan
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Blender
  • A pan to roast moong dal


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 kg minced meat
  • 1/4 cup moong dal roasted
  • 1 small onion finely sliced
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind the rice in a blender until just broken into small pieces. Don't grind for too long as we don't need a powder form
  • Roast the moong dal in a pan over medium flame until it is slightly brown. Be careful not to burn it
  • In a pressure cooker, add oil, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and cloves and sauté for about 1 minute
  • Add onion and ginger garlic paste and fry till the onions turn transparent
  • Add minced meat, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and let it cook
  • Then add in the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes become mushy, add mint leaves and water to the cooker
  • When the water starts boiling, add the rice and moong dal. Now, close the lid and let it cook for about 30-35 minutes
  • Serve hot with pakoras and chutney (optional)
Keyword Ganji, Kanji