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As a kid, I never liked brown rice and I would dread the trips to our ancestral home in Mangalore since they did not serve any white rice. I do remember throwing a fair amount of tantrums before every meal because I didn’t want to eat brown rice. Fast forward like 30 years later, I have become a huge fan of brown rice, though I don’t eat the polished rice a lot. During my recent trip to Mangalore, I got some brown rice to introduce it to my kids. I was not sure, how they will react but was hoping for a better reaction than I gave my mother. Instead of draining the water after the rice is cooked, I decided to make some Ganji for them with this brown rice. Ganji is made by cooking brown rice or oorpel ari as they call in Mangalore in large amounts of water till the rice has softened significantly and some starchy water remains which is called as Teli. This Teli is considered to be highly nutritious and often serves as food for those who are sick and babies since it is highly digestible.  Ganji is best served with meen (fish) chutney and mudi uppad ( pickle) and if you want to go all the way – a dollop of ghee would be even better. 

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Ganji is a simple rice porridge from Mangalore that is best had with pickle and a side of fish chutney. It is comfort food at its best!
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 cup brown rice or oorpel ari
  • 2 .5 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • Accompaniments - ghee pickle, fish chutney etc.


  • Wash and drain rice.
  • Pressure cook the rice with water on medium heat and salt till the vent goes off twice.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Take the cooker off the heat and let it cool down before opening the lid.
  • Serve the Ganji hot with the desired accompaniments.
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Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 3gCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
Diet: Vegetarian
Course: Main
Method: Pressure cooker
Keywords: Akki Ganji, Congee, Ganji oota, Udupi style
Cuisine: Mangalorean
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  1. In a nutshell “Getting wiser as we age”. Cannot agree more on the fish chutney part 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I too just love it… when a kid I used to not prefer it much … but now it’s so filling but a clarity the nutritional value 2 servings means how many gms

    1. Me too! Glad our taste buds evolved. Rashmmi, it is for one serving. I don’t have the measurement in grams.

  3. Hello Anu,do we need to pre soak the parboiled rice previous night? How many whistles?

    1. Hi Gitanjali – I fixed it. So sorry about that. I moved my recipes to a new software and that caused this glitch.