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Breakfast Kanjee for Digestive Fire

One of the many ways we can take our Yoga off the mat and into our everyday lives is through the practice of Dhāna, which can be translated as "food preparation".

Each month, we will be featuring on our blog one free recipe from our membership, SAṄGHA which has been hand-crafted by our in-house cook, Rainer. These recipes have been specifically made with the principles of Ayurveda in mind and heart. Eating according to the traditional medicinal principles of Ayurveda can bring balance and harmony to our mind, body, and soul, ultimately aiding us in our path of Awakening.

This month, we want to share with you a classic ashram breakfast: Kanjee!

Ayurvedic Benefits

Kanjee is a simple dish to help restore your digestive fire, or agni after or during times of illness, or whenever your digestion is feeling bogged down. Agni is the available energy we have inside us to digest food and to digest life. It is the sanskrit word meaning digestive fire. When agni is balanced the body is able to fully absorb the prana and nutrients from our food and properly eliminate ama, or toxins. This is why it is important to tend to our fire with care, providing it with balanced meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Kanjee is an easy to digest, light yet warming meal that kindles our digestive fires helping our bodies have sufficient energy to digest what we experience throughout the day.

Serving: 1

Total Time: 20 min.


1/4 cup white basmati rice

2 cups water

2 tsp ghee (coconut oil to make it vegan)

1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger root

1/2 tsp dried turmeric

pinch of rock salt


  1. Heat a pot over medium, add ghee.

  2. Once warmed, add ginger, turmeric, and salt. Stir until fragrant.

  3. Add the rice and stir to coat in ghee and spices.

  4. Add water and bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes.

You may make the kanjee more soupy by adding more liquid or thicker by using a little less water.

Special Note: Try incorporating kanjee once or twice a week as a light breakfast or dinner to help your digestive system have a break and reset. It is also great for after the heaviness that often comes with holiday eating and to balance the abundance of denser winter foods.


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