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Updated: Jun 28, 2022

Monsoon and Ayurveda- Article series by Sakalya Ayurveda senior Consultant Dr. Valsaladevi K BAMS FAGE YIc MBA. We are continuing with the Monsoon and Kerala Ayurveda article series on our blog page.

Karkataka Sankranthi is round the corner and it is time for the special medicinal porridge Karkitaka Kanji. Karkitaka Kanji Kits are available over the counter and all the major and minor Ayurveda pharmaceutical firms have come up with their branded kits. Sourcing the ingredients and preparing your own porridge is the best way towards better health. Here goes a simple recipe for you.



To serve a family of two adults and two kids:

1. Raw Rice or Navara Rice: 250gms

2. Water: 2l

3. Thazhuthama leaves (Boerhavia diffusa): 50g

4. Cheroola root (Aerva lunata): 50g

5. Kurunthotti (Sida cordifolia): 50g

6. Chulliveru (Asteracantha longifolia): 50g

7. Poovamkurunnal (Vernonia cineria): 50g

8. Thottavadi (Mimosa podica):50g

9. Keezharnelli (Phyllanthes niruri): 50g

10. Parpatakapullu (Oldenlandia corymbosa): 50g

11. Muri Marunnu root (Hemigraphis colorata): 50g

12. Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoonful

13. Coriander: 1/2 teaspoonful

14. Coconut Milk: 100ml

15. Cumin: ½ teaspoonful


Clean, sort, wash, dry, and powder the roots during summer. Store the powders in airtight containers or packets. Collect, sort, and clean the leaves on the day of preparation. Pure leaves and mix the root powders into them. Roast and powder cumin and coriander seeds. Boil water in an open vessel. Wash the rice and add it to the boiling water.

Add the cumin and coriander powders. Cook till the rice turns soft. Mix the herbal mixture into the rice and cook well. Add salt to taste. Remove from fire, mix well and add coconut milk One portion of this porridge for breakfast or dinner for 10 days during monsoon in the tropics and during the winter season, the temperate zones will help to boost immunity and preserve family health. The herbs can be shade dried and stored airtight for winter use. The dried powders are also available commercially.

The ready-to-cook Karkitaka Kanji Kits are the best-selling products during the season in Kerala. The combination of herbs varies from region to region. The given recipe is one of the simplest yet most effective ones. This will go well with the side dish of Pathila Thoran We are happy to offer you, group, herbal cooking classes through our consultancy services SAKALYA AYURVEDA MANAGEMENT SERVICES.

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