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Karkidaka Kanji, the medicinal porridge for good health!

Karkidam, the Malayalam month usually called the month of unending downpours that falls between the mid of July to mid of August. This month is an effective month for Ayurvedic treatments and therapeutic health regiments, as the body is highly receptive to Ayurvedic treatments during this period. Ayurvedic therapies during this period helps in strengthening body throughout the year and neutralizes many diseases caused by the changes in climatic conditions.

Karkidaka Kanji(the medicinal porridge) is one of the special therapeutic Ayurvedic diet is prescribed during the Karkidakam season. This medicinal porridge will help you overcome many diseases during the monsoon. It cleanses the body, helps in digestion, and improves immunity if it take in a proper manner. It is recommended that one’s should have this ‘medicinal porridge’ continuously for 7 days or multiples of the weeks(2 weeks, 3 weeks etc) for optimum result.

The health benefits of Karkidaka Kanji includes,

1. Good for Diabetes
2. Reduces Cholesterol
3. Good for Arthritis
4. Aids digestion
5. Removes toxin from the body
6. Improves immunity
7. Provides energy


1. 100 gram Njavara rice
2. 25gm fenugreek seeds
3. 5gm dried ginger powder
4. 5gm crushed pepper
5. 5gm jeera
6. 5gm turmeric powder
7. 5gm garlic
8. 5gm carom seeds
9. ¼ cup coconut milk

1. Wash the rice and boil it in 1 litre water.
2. Add fenugreek seeds and continue boiling.
3. Once boiled, pour in the coconut milk, wait till it starts to boil again, and immediately take off the flame.
4. Add the rest of the spices, mix-well and keep covered for a while.
5. Serve hot.

For Diabetic Patients- Add Uluva and Cherupayar(Green-gram) for the above recipe.
For Hypertensive Patients- Add Thazhuthama(Boerhavia) and Muringila(Drumstick Leaves) to the above recipe.
For Asthma Patients- Add Putharichunda(Solanum trilobatum), Jeerakam(Jeera), Kurunthotti(Country Mallow), Chukku to the above recipe.
For Hyperlipidaemia Patients- Add Thazhuthama(Boerhavia), Curry leaves, Muthira(Horse Gram), Uluva to the above recipe.
For Patients with Renal complaints- Add Thazhuthama(Boerhavia) to the above recipe