5 reasons you must drink nourishing kanji every day
Plus, we list 6 different types of kanjis that you can make at home. Read on to know more about how kanji can bring health back into your family's daily diet
If you are an 80s kid, you would probably remember drinking kanji (rice water), especially when you were unwell. But over the past few years, it seems that this nourishing broth has fallen wayward and lost its flavor on us.
You may still remember how your mother would quickly prepare a concoction of rice water when you down with diarrhea. Or maybe when somebody in the family was facing digestive issues. It was the perfect go-to drink to feel better.
And no, it is not just a food for those who are perpetually constipated or unwell or even those who cannot eat anything. But it’s a food that can avoid both the situations easily and is by far the best comforting food that is also so very healthy!
So like me, if you have included the refreshing kanji in your daily meals, apart from it’s freshness this is what you will experience:
- A burst of energy: Kanji or grain water is rich in energy-rich carbohydrates. Simply have a glass in the morning before heading out and you will not feel dizzy or weak at all.
- Keeps the stomach happy: It is known to prevent constipation because of the rich fibre content of the grains and it also smoothens bowel movements. Also, the starch from the rice or grain water will stimulate the growth of useful bacteria and this will in turn promote healthy bowel movement.
- Keeps the skin hydrated: If you consume kanji on a hot summers day, rest assured it will keep your body hydrated and replenish lost nutrients.
- Best home remedy for viral infections: In Indian homes, rice water is often used as a remedy for fever. It prevents water loss caused due to vomiting and even speeds up the recovery process.
- Can manage diarrhea: Rice water is also a great home remedy to treat diarrhea. Since infants are more prone to this digestive problem, they are often given rice water to replenish lost water content. In fact, a study (1) has found that rice water is more effective in controlling diarrhoea by reducing the volume and frequency of stool output in babies
Interestingly, kanji is not just a single grain broth. It can be made from multiple grains such as corn, bajra, ragi, and even atta (wheat). And all these variations bring with them various nutritional benefits. We recommend these 6 types of kanjis that you can easily make and enjoy at home.
6 types of Kanji you can make at home
#1 Bajra Kanji
Since bajra (pearl millet) is gluten-free and is high in magnesium (which means it is good for your heart, blood pressure and even blood sugar), it is a great option for weight control. Plus, you can make it sweet as well as savoury. For the sweet version, simply boil the flour and add milk and jaggery and eat it warm. For the savoury version, add fresh butter to milk and bring it to boil. Then add salt, green chillies and curry paste.
Continue reading to see how you can prepare different types of kanjis at home.
#2 Ragi Kanji
A great advantage of preparing kanji from ragi is that this is also another gluten-free grain and it is ideal for diabetic patients and those who want to loose weight. The science behind it is that the body slowly digests it and so the glucose is also slowly released into the blood, thereby, lowering blood sugar and fat.
#3 Moong dal kanji
Another great option for the summers is the moong dal kanji. It has a very simple preparation. Just cook dry roasted moong dal in a pressure cooker and then add jaggery and milk. Since moong dal is a great source of iron and digestible protein and has cooling affect on the body, it makes for a great drink during the summers.
#4 Oats Kanji
One of great addition to comfort breakfasts is that of oats. You can make oats kanji by thickening oats in milk and spike them a bit with cardamom, saffron and nuts. This is probably the best way to have oats. Plus, they are know to cut cholesterol and have antioxidant compounds called avenanthramides. These are a sure shot cure-all for the heart.
#5 Sathu maavu kanji
This is a multigrain kanji made by mixing bajra, wheat, rice, ragi, moong dal, peanuts, cashews, almonds and corn. Follow the same procedure for sweet and savoury. With the goodness of iron, digestible proteins and calcium, it makes for a great drink. But since it has many variations of nuts, it’s best to consume this during winters.
#6 Gaajar kanji
How can we forget kali gajar ki kanji, which our mums made so very lovingly. I loved drinking this pure glass of bliss simply because of its tangy tasty flavour. The nutritional value was just as added benefit! It is great for the digestive system too and will sort out any gut issues you may have.
Not just that, kali gajar is also known to have a high concentration of anthocyanin, which is a proven anti-carcinogenic.
The bottom line is that kanjis are great for health, not just for adults but also for infants. But most of us avoid this highly nutritional supplement and opt for those that are easy to make.
But don’t avoid it just because you may too bored, think if it’s amazing health benefits and add this to your daily diet right away.
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