Kanji is an authentic Odia dish that is quite popular in Southern part of Odisha which is basically a soupy based dish with a unique sour taste. Normally Kanji is cooked during winter months when all the vegetables are abundantly available, but nowa days it is made throughout the year. Use of lots of vegetables along with the Curd makes this a healthy dish by nature.
Usually three types of kanjis are made in Odisha as told by my mother: pariba kanji( Kanji made with vegetables) , saga kanji( kanji made with leafy vegetables) and Sukhua kanji( Kanji made with dry fish). Kanjis are made with either Dahi as the base or Torani( water from the water rice or Pakhala) or Peja( the water from the cooked rice). In villages in older days when refrigerator was not there , the women folk of the villages used to keep little Torani with Peja in a container and keep adding the same everyday upto 7 to 8 days till the liquids gets fermented. After which they used to add salt, turmeric and sufficient water to the fermented liquid and cook with vegetables or dry fish to arrive at this spicy tangy soupy like dish.
For this #Foodie Monday Blog Hop , the theme is #MothersDaySpecial and I have a hard time choosing a recipe to post as whatever I know about odia cuisine, it is from my mother only and she does not eat any other food than odia food. When I try to think what is my mother’s favourite recipe, I realize all these years it is our choice which she took care of but never told what is her choice of food she wants to eat. For her we are her world and our choice has become her choice. So preparing a recipe with her favorite vegetable i.e drumstick comes to my mind. I have seen her making a lot of dishes with drumstick and recently I have made drumstick pickle for her also. I have decided to make Kanji which is a very rustic flavourful soupy things with drumsticks and its leaves for Mother’s day keeping my mother’s choice for simple and traditional food in mind.
It is said ,If you have a drumstick plant on your garden ,you seems to have a doctor at home. Drumstick increases appetite, help to reduce headache and diarrhea, purifies blood and excretes toxins out of the body. Drumstick leaves posses the power of reducing the sugar level in the blood and it might be the reason for which Sugar patients are recommended to take drumstick leaves to make the level of sugar normal in the blood.