Kodhumbu Kanji or Wheat Gruel Or Wheat porridge with coconut milk

Wheat gruel GOdumbu payasam

The Wheat gruel or Godumbu Kanji was introduced to me for the first time during my trip to Idikki. We had stayed at a homestay where the lady of the house made this for dinner. Surprisingly filling and soothing, this stole my heart and it became a part of my weekly menu at home. This is a hand me down from my caretaker at the homestay to me to save for life. So here it is for all.


I have used the broken wheat for the dish. Broken wheat is easy to cook and no soaking time is required compared to a full wheat. I will be making it with a coconut milk base as it is traditionally done in Kerala.

Recipes for the kootu and Thugayal are here. My favourite combination is a drumstick pickle from Andhra with a cup of green lentil kootu and kanji.

Variations to the broken wheat gruel

The more popular form of this dosa uses rice flour instead of the sooji rava. But I find this recipe to equally good as it has emerged from the age-old recipe of godumbu dosa.

Some of you might find it difficult to make the dosa on the tawa if you are not experienced in making dosa. Another variation of this dosa is to make it like plain dosa, and the only difference would be to reduce the amount of water added to it. instead of adding 2 cups water per cup of wheat flour, I would add 1.5 cups to make it dosa making consistency.

I purchased the Broken wheat from

Broken wheat or dhalia for making Godumbu Kanji is available at :



Other recipes using broken wheat

Tips to make a perfect Goduma Kanji | Wheat gruel | Broken wheat porridge Nurukku Godhumbu kanji

  • Switch off the stove immediately after adding the coconut milk. This would bring down the temperature to a warm drinkable warmth and the creamy freshness of the coconut milk remains at the top.
  • I used a mixer grinder to slightly mash the gruel without pureeing it. The tiny bits of cooked wheat adds to the texture and is tasty to bite into.
  • Add a spoon of crispy fried onion as seasoning just before serving.
Wheat gruel GOdumbu payasam

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Kodhumbu Kanji or Wheat Gruel Or Wheat porridge with coconut milk

Hema Mahesh
A traditional healthy gruel made from broken wheat in a coconut milk base and spices.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, kerala cuisine, South Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Pressure cooker
  • Mixer grinder


  • 1.5 cup Broken wheat
  • 1 cup Coconut milk from half coconut
  • 1/2 cup Cut
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 5 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Onion sliced thin and fried
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  • Wash and clean the broken wheat.
  • Pressure cook the wheat with 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup of raw onions and salt for 15 minutes or 4 whistles.
  • Let the cooked dhalia or broken wheat rest till it to comes to room temperature.
  • In a mixer grinder mash the cooked wheat slightly.
  • Add in 2 more cups of water to the crushed gruel and stir.
  • Boil the mashed kanji or gruel in an earthern pot for 10 minutes.
  • Switch off the stove and add the coconut milk and stir.
  • Serve with a spoon of fried onion and ground pepper on top just before serving.


  1. Do not puree the cooked wheat smooth, as it looses its texture and makes it a soup.
  2. Add the coconut milk after switching off the stove.
Keyword Broken wheat porridge, gidumbu kanji with coconut milk, godhumbu, goduma, godumbu kanji, gruel, kanji, Nurukku kanji, Porridge, wheat

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