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Kanika (कनिका)


Kanika (कनिका)  is prepared in marriage , threading ceremony and in many festive occasions in Orissa. It is a sweet veggie Pulao with a strong fragrance of nutmeg, cardamom and clove.

Regional Dish:  Orissa, Bengal

Cuisine Style: Orissa| Cooking Time 30mins | Take it as such | Type Rice| Shelf Life: 1day| Quantity: 6 Servings.

Appx. Nutritional values calculated for 1 serving:

Calories (250Kcal), Carbohydrates (28g), Protein (3g), Fat (10g)


  •  3 cups rice Basmati (basumati chaula)
  • ½ cup bengal gram (buta dali)
  • 1 cup sugar 1 cup (chini)
  • salt to taste
  • 25 gms raisin (khismis)
  • 1 tea tea spoon turmeric powder (haladi gunda)
  • 3 tablespoon ghee (gua gheea)
  • Ghee 2 tbsp for garnish at the end
  • 3 bay leaves (teja patra)
  • 6 black cardamom (bada aleicha)
  • 6 white cardamom (chhota aleicha)
  • 6 cloves (labanga)
  • 1½ cinnamon (dalchini)
  • Nutmeg , one whole nut, freshly ground (Jai phala)
  • Mace ( Jayatri) 1 piece , freshly ground


  1.  Wash the rice and soak for 30 minutes, remove from water and spread for drying ( surface moisture only).
  2. Soak bengal gram for 1-2 hrs so that they swell up a bit.
    Heat 6 cups of water close to boiling in a separate pan and keep covered. We will add hot water to the rice later.
  3. Heat ghee in a thick bottom deep pan. (Do not overheat to smoking). Remove from heat and fry the raisins , remove as soon as they swell up.
  4. Return pan to stove and give seasoning with bay leaf. Add the bengal gram dal and stir fry for few minutes.
  5. Add the rice and shift gently few times to mix. (Do not try to stir too much. It will break the soaked rice. This is true for all Pulao and fried rice cooking.)
  6. Add the boiling water, turmeric and salt. Mix very gently, ( salt should be as much as for any other Pulao)
  7. Add all the spices expect nutmeg and mace. Bring to boil and cook covered.
  8. When the rice is almost cooked, add sugar, raisins and mix gently but thoroughly. ( Dont add sugar at the beginning, the rice wont cook in sugar).
  9. Add the nutmeg and mace powder , ghee and mix and cover.
  10. When water dries up, the dish is ready. Keep covered.

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One Response to Kanika (कनिका)

  1. Shruti patil October 21, 2020 at 3:47 am #

    Can you just upload the nutrients present kanika dish plsss? 🙏🙏

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