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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kanji - Spicy Carrot Beverage


                                                                                    

When I was living in Delhi , there  used  to be this lovely purple – black colored carrots which was not only so tasty but also filled with several vitamins, anti oxidants and other nutrients. These carrots used to last till end of winter season and one can prepare many kinds of preparations. However , one of the most popular amongst is called as “Kanji” which is an extremely tasty , healthy and colourful drink made out of  carrots and other additives to enhance the taste. Since Black carrots are hard to find here so made this with red carrots only. This is a tangy spicy drink in which mustard seeds acts as a pickling ingredient. Once you mix carrots and all the spices in the jar, the mouth of the jar has to be wrapped with muslin cloth and has to be keep in sunlight for 5-6 days. Basically taken on Holi.

Ingredients:
2-3 Red carrots
1 tbsp of Mustard seeds powdered + 1 tbsp Small mustard seeds
1 tbsp Rock salt powdered (kala namak)
6-7 glass Water
5-6 Pudina leaves (mint leaves), finely chopped

Besides these ingredients you will need a big glass jar to store the liquid and a small piece of muslin cloth.

Method:
Wash and peel the carrots. Cut carrots into finger sized length. Pour 7 glasses of water in the jar and add all the spices. Stir well with a long thin spatula. And place this jar where you get maximum sunlight. For the next 5-6 days let this jar sit in sunlight and bring it inside before sun set. . This will allow the mixture to be fermented. By now you will see how the water has turned into bright red color and the carrots will be tender. This liquid mix can be stored in the fridge till 5-6 days. Serve chilled. 

                                                                            
Sending this Carrot Kanji to Radhika's Fun N Sun and you know what she is celebrating her fourth year of blogging:-)
                                              
and also to Kurinji's Healthy Summer event.


   Last but not the least to Kiran's Cooking With Mustard Seeds Event.
                                                                                

38 comments:

  1. wow shd be healthy indeed .though the wait is long the result is superb

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  2. I had tasted this drink in a friend's place...I totally loved it...she added beets to get the color which purple carrots give...n she even added green chillies for extra kick...

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  3. This sounds lovely! Simple ingredients & so yummy :)

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  4. Wow, what refreshing color..Never heard of this preparation!!

    Check out the event at my space..
    http://tamalapaku.blogspot.com/2011/04/design-menu-2nd-edition.html

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  5. Colorful and flavorful drink... Great drink.

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  6. This drink surely tickles the taste buds...Nice colour it gave out...

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  7. Never tasted this drink....something new.
    BTW have you collected FOOD MAZAA AWARD FOR ALL MY FRIENDS from my blog ?

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  8. anek jaygay i recipe ta dekhechi kintu try karar sahos hayni. darun dekhte hoeche. akhon banano jabe kolkatay?

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  9. very healthy n a perfect thirst quencher...yummy

    Super Yummy Recipes

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  10. The drink seems so healthy and refreshing.Looks so colorful. Never tasted a black carrot too:)

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  11. What an interesting and refreshing drink.Do send it to Coolers and Mocktails event.

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  12. Refreshing drink,new recipe,miss those purple carrots.

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  13. This sure is a healthy and a colourful drink Deepa. Just awesome :)

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  14. Colorful and healthy drink..refreshing.

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  15. what a healthy drink...new idea to me...and the carrots looks so red...

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  16. New to me.... looks refreshing and healthy...lovely color..nice presentation.

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  17. hey deepa..wht a rich color it has...looking such a royal refreshment..

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  18. Quite a new drink for me, looks very bright and catchy, u can send it to CWS-mustard seeds going on Kiran's space,here is the link deepa..http://kiranjay.blogspot.com/2011/04/cooking-with-seeds-eventcws-mustard.html

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  19. A healthy, refreshing drink & looks so inviting!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  20. lovely clicks dear...sounds very interesting...
    Tasty Appetite

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  21. A very new drink to me...haven't seen black carrots either...A very nutritious, colorful and refreshing drink

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  22. This recipe is so unique. never heard of black carrots either. but the color is just awesome. Soothing on a summer day. Thanks for sending them my way.

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  23. Really unique and healthy recipe. Bookmarked:-). Thanks for the entry dear. Kurinjikathambam, Event : HRH-Healthy Summer

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  24. Very new type of kanji! Loved the color of the carrots!

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  25. The carrot drink looks and sounds delicious.

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  26. wow, that is a very new preparation for me. Love the idea though as it is very nutritious and sure delicious too :)

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  27. Looks cool and refreshing!!!


    Ankita
    http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com/

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  28. This is new to me.. looks so refreshing!

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  29. Unique and wonderful drink! Love its color too...

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  30. healthy drink for the summer..

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  31. burp burp.. have to try this for sure.. :D

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  32. I dare say I've come across red carrots very often but I'd love to try this refreshing and healthy drink!

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