Spiced Carrot and Beetroot Kanji

Makes 8 cups


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 medium carrot, cut 2” lengthwise
  • 1/2 medium beetroot, cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds, lightly crushed
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon black salt


  1. Combine the ingredients in a tall glass jar or a clay pot, and stir well.
  2. Cover the jar with a thin muslin cloth, and tie the cloth onto the jar with a thread.
  3. Place the bowl in a warm place, such as an empty oven, and allow the kaanji to ferment for 2-3 days. Stir it once a day.
  4. Strain out the vegetables (You can use them in salads) and your kaanji is ready. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to a week.



  1. Carrot:
    • Vitamin A: Essential for vision health and immune function.
    • Antioxidants: Contains compounds that protect cells from damage.
    • Dietary Fiber: Supports digestive health.
  2. Beetroot:
    • Dietary Fiber: Aids digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness.
    • Folate: Important for DNA synthesis and cell repair.
    • Antioxidants: Contribute to overall health and may reduce inflammation.
  3. Mustard Seeds:
    • Anti-Inflammatory: Contains compounds that may help reduce inflammation.
    • Rich in Selenium: Selenium is important for thyroid health and has antioxidant properties.
  4. Green Chilies:
    • Vitamin C: Boosts the immune system and supports skin health.
    • Capsaicin: Provides potential metabolism-boosting benefits.
  5. Turmeric Powder:
    • Curcumin: Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
    • Digestive Aid: This may help with digestion and reduce bloating.
  6. Asafoetida:
    • Digestive Health: Traditionally used to aid digestion and reduce flatulence.
    • Anti-Inflammatory: Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  7. Black Salt:
    • Minerals: Contains trace minerals beneficial for health.
    • Digestive Aid: This can help alleviate digestive issues.

Overall Benefits:

  • Probiotic Content: Fermentation introduces beneficial bacteria that can support gut health.
  • Hydration: The water content and vegetables contribute to overall hydration.
  • Low in Calories: A nutritious, low-calorie beverage suitable for those watching their calorie intake.
  • Detoxification: The combination of vegetables and spices may support the body’s natural detoxification processes.

This Spiced Carrot and Beetroot Kanji is a traditional fermented drink known for its probiotic properties and potential health benefits. It offers a unique blend of flavors and textures while providing a range of nutrients from the vegetables and spices. Additionally, the fermentation process enhances the drink’s probiotic content, which can positively impact gut health and overall well-being.

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