Gothambu Kanji ~ Broken Wheat Gruel/ Konji



Season of flu is here! As much as I love the winters, I dread the illness which comes with it. Alhamdullillah, so far,  I have never had any drastic issues as such at home and I sincerely hope it continues the same way, InShaAllah. “Kanji” or gruel is a dish made very frequently if you have illness loitering in the house. It is calm on the tummy, digests very fast and keeps your system clean.


Mostly we make it with broken rice, and I have already shared this version previously. But at home,umma makes kanji with broken wheat as she is diabetic. The kids are so used to it that they love this version more than the original one. For umma, it’s an easy dinner, when she gets bored of eating chapathis. I was never fond of this earlier, but now I have gone to liking it, thanks to the kids! A big dollop of my mattamma’s garlic pickle is all I need for a hearty lunch or dinner. Off ot the recipe…





Gothambu Kanji ~ Broken Wheat Gruel/ Konji

Course Main Course
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/3 cup broken wheat washed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup grated coconut blended in 2/3 cup water and milk extracted
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine the wheat and water in a pressure cooker and cook for 5-6 whistles on meduim heat.
  • Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid, add in the coconut milk extracted and salt and mix well. Simmer.
  • Serve hot with pickle or paapad.


We use "nurukku gothambu" for this. If you don't find it, you can pulse whole wheat till it becomes crushed, not powdered.

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  1. Must be yummy and comforting …

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  2. Comforting and filling, love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  3. I suffered last week rafee:(its really uncomfortable as the temperature rises suddenly last week and suddenly lowered this week.add crushed or powdered peppercorns to kanji recipes.Makes the throat little comfortable.this looks really easy one:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hope you are feeling better now, Ramya… Thank you so much dear…

  4. Nothing like a time-tested recipe to cure (all) ills! Lovely picture too. I like the blue on blue arrangement.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  5. As weird as it sounds, I have never had kanji with wheat…. I should try it… sounds good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am also not sure if it is common, but umma always makes it and that’s how we got used to it… Thanks a lot Anupa…

  6. I am not a kanji fan but the seriously this kanji with that pickle made me drool. I have never had wheat kanji, I think i might like this better than rice one like your kids 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vineetha… 🙂

  7. sijishuja says:

    Thanks a lot rafeeda …its really tasty

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Sincerely appreciate your feedback… thank you so much for trying!

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