Holi recipes – Kali Gajar Ki Kanji


Holi recipe by Chef Ajay Mathur, Executive Chef – Jaypee Palace Agra

Kali Gajar Ki Kanji

Gajar ki kanji or fermented carrot drink is a low calorie drink made with the main ingredient as black carrot. It is a nutritious drink that helps in digestion.

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Cooking time: 5 min

Passive Time: 2-5 days.


Black carrot – 500gm

Mustard Seed Grounded – 60gm

Red chilli powder – 50gm

Rock salt – 80gm

Asafoetida – 30gm

Water – 2 litres


  • Boil water in a big container.
  • Wash and peel the carrot. Cut into batons and add Red chili powder, rock salt and mustard seed powder to it. Put the carrot in the water and allow the mixture to cool down.
  • Take another container and make a smoke of asafetida and ghee by using charcoal.
  • Put the mixture in the container to absolve the flavor of Asafetida dhuwaar.
  • Put the mixture in an earthen pot and close from the top.
  • Keep the jar in the sunlight (In case, ample sunlight is not there then keep it at a warm place and allow it to ferment).
  • Judge the Kanji from its taste. If the taste turns sour, it is ready for consumption.

Tip: It takes upto 5 days for fermentation and stays good at room temperature.

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