Nonbu ganji is a nutritious rice and meat dish having porridge like consistency. It is very popular in South India and is often served at iftars during Ramadan with Ulundu vadai/ Urad dal fritters. The combination of vadai and ganji tastes delicious. The crispy vadai is usually dipped in hot Nonbu ganji and taken. The consistency of Nonbu ganji is thinner than Haleem, another meat based dish served during Ramadan.


¼ cup rice
2 tbsp moong dal
¼ cup minced meat
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tomato deseeded and chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 cinnamon
1 cardamom
2 green chillies deseeded and cut
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
A pinch of turmeric
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
5 cups water
1 tbsp oil


Coarsely grind the rice using a mixer to get broken rice. Wash and soak the rice in water for about 15 minutes. Similarly wash and soak the moong dal in water for about 15 minutes. Clean and wash the minced meat and keep ready. You can also take boneless mutton pieces and grind it coarsely in a food processor.

Now heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cardamom, cinnamon and onions and saute for a minute. Then add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes. Next add tomatoes and cook till oil starts separating. Now add moong dal, green chillies, broken rice and minced meat. Mix well and add turmeric powder, salt, coriander leaves and stir for a minute. Finally add water and close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook for 8 to 10 whistles. Serve hot. 

  • If you wish to make a vegetarian version, omit the minced meat and add carrots instead.
  • If the ganji is very thick, boil a few cups of water and add to the hot ganji and cook for a minute.
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  1. wow delicious kanji,love to have it rite now:)

  2. Indeed a healthy ganji there Amina.Guess such ones will be best for health after a long day's non-consumption.

  3. wow looks yummy please pass this plate to me feeling hungry

  4. we too make porridge for iftar. nice recipe.. Advance Eid wishes for u dear.

  5. Awesome and yummy looking Ganji.... Ramadan kareem to you and your family.

  6. salam amina, yummy looking ramadhan porridge.
    wishing you and family, a happy eid fitri kareem.'have a nice day

  7. i just love nombu kanji.. one of my aunt used to prepare it for fasting.. i am great fan of this kanji..

  8. delicious..join me in Fast food event - Noodles

  9. Looks so delicious!!Would like a bite right now :)

  10. Looks so nutritious and tasty. I will surely try it.

  11. Hi, this konji came out really well. Jazakallahu khairaan.


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