Godhambu kanji | savory broken wheat porridge

broken wheat porridge

The asthma flare-up last weekend left me with zero energy to do anything the worse was it was difficult to talk hence so hard to let my family know all I wanted was just some soothing-based thinned food.. like soup. It actually reminded me of a recipe Amma taught me last time we had covid the godhambu kanji. Now, that I am slowly regaining my energy, I find that I still need to eat smaller meals per day to keep up my strength. Hence, this ayurvedic monsoon recipe came about as perfect with the chill in the weather.

What is broken wheat?

The wheat grain is broken into smaller pieces and used as broken wheat. This can be made from regular wheat or from farro. In Indian cuisine, we use these broken wheat grams in both savoury and dessert-style recipes. Since it cooks faster than regular wheat it is a much preferred ingredient. To store for a longer time, lightly dry roast the nurukku goshambu. Store in an airtight bottle after cooling

How does broken wheat porridge help when you are recovering?

As you are recovering you need a lighter sort of food that is nourishing. The energy-giving complex carbohydrates help you to sustain well without upsetting your tummy. Since it is whole wheat you don’t have to worry about the processed food being used here. The broken wheat is much faster to cook, so really works almost as instant food. This is also one of the solos used a lot as an ayurvedic monsoon recipe.

broken wheat porridge

Ingredients and substitutions for this recipe

Broken wheat: this Kerala-style kanji recipe relies on nurukku godhambu. This is a fast-cooking whole grain that has not been pretreated but broken into bits. You will get both regular wheat and emmer wheat.
Coconut milk: since kanji is a thin gruel or soup the flavour of just the grain cooked in water is not going to suffice.
Salt and spices: the regular kanji recipe is often spiced gently with a couple of needed spices. This godhambu kanji has crushed cumin and black pepper to gently flavour this ayurvedic monsoon recipe. Along with salt, these spices make a soothing and caring recipe.

Let’s make godhambu kanji

The recipe card below has step-by-step guidance to help you make this easy kanji recipe. Hope you enjoy this recipe and save it pinned to your board from here.

Godhambu kanji

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine One pot, South indian
Servings 4 people


  • mixing bowls and spoons.
  • saucepan
  • ladle


  • 1.5 cup broken wheat
  • 1 cup coconut milk thick
  • 3 cups water

Spices and flavorings

  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 5-10 curry leaves
  • 2-3 shallots
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil


  • Wash and soak the broken wheat in the water.
  • Set a saucepan to heat on a medium stove.
  • To this add the coconut oil, shallots, curry leaves, cumin seeds and peppercorns.
  • Let this roast till the shallots turn translucent.
    godhambu kanji
  • Now add the soaked broken wheat along with the water.
  • Cover and cook till the broken wheat turns tender and soft.
    broken wheat conjee
  • Add the coconut milk and stir well.
  • Once they are well mixed let the kanji simmer.
  • After about 7 to 10 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • The godhambu kanji is ready to serve.
    broken wheat porridge
Keyword Indian vegetarian dinner, Kerala recipes, Lunch recipes, vegan, Winter warmers
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Make ahead

Nah! this recipe is under 15 minutes with store-bought coconut milk. So I won’t bother making it ahead and storing it. So let’s skip to the good part…. eating it.

Ayurvedic monsoon recipes that will come in handy

The monsoon season is perhaps one that brings in a lot of waterborne diseases and respiratory illnesses due to temperature changes and humidity. Often the simplest of the recipes are the ones that are most useful in an Ayurvedic diet. Here are a few on our blog.
Fenugreek porridge
Pickled ginger
Golden buttermilk curry
Dal tadka
Neer moru
Paal kanji

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