Go Back
+ servings
paal kanji gruel

Paal kanji

A delicious rice soup made with Navara rice ( red rice) cooked in milk.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Kerala, Kids choice, Medicinal, One pot, South indian, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 229 kcal


To cook the rice gruel

  • 1/4 cup Red rice (use navara rice as far as possible)
  • 2 cups drinking water
  • 2 cups low fat milk

To garnish

  • 4 tsp grated coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder


  • Wash the one cup of rice well and soak in the two cups of drinking water and set aside for 10 minutes

Pressure cooker method

  • Into the pressure cooker add the soaking rice with the water and one cup of milk
  • Pressure cook for three whistles and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Once the pressure is released naturally, open the pressure pan and stir and mash the rice well.
  • Add the remaining cup of milk and boil to a pouring consistency.

In the instant pot

  • Place the washed rice with the water and one cup of milk in the instant pot
  • Close and lock the lid, turn the steam release valve to sealing position.
  • Press the porridge option. Once the pressure builds it will count down to 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, switch to keep warm mode, the pressure will reduce naturally.
  • once the valve floats to down position, Open the steam valve wait for a few minutes.
  • Then open the lid, mash the rice gently and add the extra cup of milk.

To serve

  • Scoop the gruel into a bowl and top with a pinch of roasted cumin powder and a tsp of freshly grated coconut.
    Navara rice, paal kanji


Sodium: 56mgSugar: 6gFiber: 2gPotassium: 196mgCholesterol: 6mgCalories: 229kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 8gCarbohydrates: 43g
Keyword easy soup recipes, Kerala recipes
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!