Traditionally, kanji is made from black carrots and the drink has a deep purple color. But black carrot is not available everywhere, so nowadays it is being prepared from red carrot, beet, mustard, black pepper. Due to being full of many properties, it is served as a welcome drink along with cannabis sherbet during Holi. So let us know how to make kanji at home and why it is beneficial to consume it in this cold season.
How to make Kanji at home
To make kanji, cut 2 beetroot and 4 black carrots into small cubes. Put these in a glass jar filled with water and salt. Also add coarsely ground mustard and black pepper. Now cover the jar with a muslin cloth. Leave it in the sun for 5-6 days, but shake the jar once a day. After 5-6 days, filter the fermented juice in a separate glass jar. Homemade Kanji is ready. Keep it in the fridge and drink it when you feel like it.
During the winter season, we all usually eat very oily food, due to which there is a problem of constipation. In such a situation, drinking a glass of kanji daily keeps the digestive system healthy. According to experts, the good amount of fiber present in carrots and beetroot helps in controlling constipation and also improves bowel movement.
give instant energy
According to celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, kanji is rich in carbohydrates. Especially drinking a glass of kanji in the morning gives you instant energy. After drinking this, you will never feel like dizziness, weakness, tiredness throughout the day.
Let us tell you that Kanji is rich in soluble fiber, which completely absorbs water in the digestive tract and turns into a gel-like substance. Not only this, its consumption is also very beneficial to keep the blood sugar level stable.
It is normal to have swelling in the body during winters. In such a situation, drinking kanji drink gives a lot of relief. Kanji is effective in fighting inflammation in the body and thus prevents many diseases from progressing. Some studies suggest that using black carrots for kanji is effective in preventing urinary tract infections.
beneficial for eyes
Kanji drink is like a boon for your eyes. Carrots present in it contain anthocyanins, which are known to improve your vision and blood circulation.
Keep these things in mind while preparing kanji drink
- Any fermented drink needs good care so that bad germs don’t grow in it. Make sure your jars, spoons, chopping boards or knives are all clean and dry.
- If the drink smells awful after fermentation, it means that the drink has gone bad.
- You can use both black and yellow mustard in kanji. Although the taste of black mustard is a bit pungent, so add only about 1-1.5 tsp.
- To make kanji, boil water first and then cool it at room temperature. This way you can avoid spoiling the kanji.
- You can add turnip and melon peels along with carrots and beets to the drink. Please note that there is no need to add sugar or sweetener to the drink.
Kanji is a healthy and tasty drink during winters. But keep in mind, it is necessary to give good sunlight to prevent it from getting fungus. It is best to use ceramic jars instead of glass ones to store kanji. If using a glass jar, a good way is to cover it with a muslin or cotton cloth.