black carrot kanji drink recipe

kanji is a famous Indian probiotic drink quite popular in North India. It is a fermented drink and has multiple health benefits. This drink is traditionally made with black carrots and has its signature purple color. So it is also popularly called black carrot kanji drink. However,  If you cannot source black carrots, you can prepare it with red carrots as well.

Generally, people in northern states of India, prepare kanji at home. But if you are really not up for it or don’t have enough time but still want to enjoy the health benefits of the drink, you can buy it as well. Packaged version of the kanji drink is now available in the market. You can now order black carrot kanji online in Mumbai using the oneapp.


  • To make kanji, you will need spices like ground mustard seeds, red chili powder and some black salt or salt. The carrots, spices and seasonings are all mixed together with boiled water which has been cooled and kept to ferment for a few days. 
  • The entire drink along with its ingredients are filled and stored in a glass or ceramic jar. Then these jars are then kept under the sunlight to ferment the drink for about two to four days. 
  • This drink is required to be fermented in adequate sunlight. If it’s very hot, the drink is naturally fermented in one or two days.  And if the sunlight is not adequate, it may take upto four or five days to ferment this drink. 
  • The mustard in the black carrot kanji drink helps to keep the body warm during the chilly winters in North India.  
  • Due to the process of fermentation, the flavors of the drink changes and makes it a probiotic. It has a mild sweet and sour smell with a unique aroma of a fermented drink. 
  • Black carrot kanji drink is also known as an appetizer drink with a sour, spicy and pungent taste. Not everyone likes the taste of kanji but it is an extremely important health drink to be had during winters. 

Isn’t that enticing enough? Get your bottle of kanji now. Order black carrot kanji online in Mumbai now  using the oneapp. Download now.


Ingredients and prepping up:

  1. Take about 4-5 black carrots. If you cannot source black carrots, you can also use red or orange carrots.Rinse thoroughly and chop the carrot into batons or sticks with upto 1.5 to 2 inches in length. Then peel and chop the beets into 1.5 to 2 inches wedges or sticks.
  1. In a mixer grinder, grind 2 tbsp of yellow mustard to a fine powder. .

Mixing the ingredients to make kanji:

  1. Boil water and let it cool down at room temperature. Now take a clean glass or ceramic jar and add the carrots, beets, freshly ground yellow mustard powder, black salt or regular salt and a pinch of red chili powder. Pour the boiled water (at room temperature) in the jar. 
  1. Now stir the water and ingredients really well with a clean, dry spoon. 


  1.  Cover the jar loosely with a lid or secure it by tying a muslin cloth on the mouth of the jar. Keep the jar in sunlight.  
  1. Now let it ferment for 2 to 3 days until the drink turns sour. Make sure not to over-ferrate your kanji.
  1. Ensure well to stir the kanji mixture everyday with a clean wooden spoon before keeping it under the sunlight. You may shake the jar alternatively instead of mixing the same with a wooden spoon everyday. 


  1. Your kanji is ready when it starts to taste sour. Keep it on the refrigerator or serve it instantly when the drink is ready.
  1. You may add some ice cubes in your black carrot kanji drink while serving or refrigerate it for a few hours. You can store the kanji in the fridge for upto 4 or 5 days. 
  1. You can drink the kanji before meals or at any time during the day. You can even serve the fermented carrot and beet sticks as a pickle with the main course.
  1. The sour, tangy carrots and beets in the kanji can also be included in salads  or as toppings to your wraps, burgers or sandwiches.

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