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Authentic Recipe of Kanji. Refreshing Indian Traditional Black Carrot Drink from Kerala.

Kanji. Indian Traditional Black Carrot Drink from Kerala.

Kanji is a refreshing fermented drink made with fresh black carrots and beetroot. The drink has a rich pinkish color.

Things to know about Kanji Recipe

The Indian Traditional Black Carrot Drink or Kanji is a refreshing fermented drink from Kerala. It is made with fresh black carrots and turnips, giving it its rich pink color. The word “Kanji” is derived from the word “Kanjika” which is a sour, fermented gruel.

There are mentions of the drink in ancient documents like Kashyapa Samitha. It is prepared in several Indian states. Kanji from Kerala is quite popular. In North India, it is prepared during the autumn season because red carrots are available in the market then.

It is best served cold. It often makes an appearance at the festival of Holi. The drink has a sour and tangy taste.

Kanji – Indian Traditional Black Carrot Drink from Kerala

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: कांजी
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
2 days
Total Time 2 days 30 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Vegetable based Recipes
Main Cooking Method Fermented


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 29 kcal


  • 5 units Black Carrot
  • 2 units Beetroot
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 3 tbsp Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Salt – Kala Namak
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  • Peel the carrots and the beetroot.
  • Chop and make long pieces.
  • Take a jar or glass and mix all ingredients.
  • Cover with a cloth and set it aside for a few days.
  • Wait for Kanji to ferment. This will happen when the taste becomes sour.
  • Serve.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Hinduist Recipes


Calories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 324mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 359IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Black Carrot Drink, Kanji Recipe, कांजी
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Cooking tip for making Kanji

Serve readily, and do not wait for days to consume the drink, as its flavor will be lost.

Variations of Kanji

You can also use red carrots or turnips if you don’t have black carrots.

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