The Goodness of Pazhankanji – Why is it ‘the best’ breakfast deal?
Posted on: July 20, 2015. Comments ( 60 )

How is Pazhankanji prepared?

Traditionally, pazhankanji is eaten with a side dish—raw onion or green chilli. It is highly recommended that you DO NOT drain the excess water. Instead, drink it with yogurt and a slight sprinkle of salt.


  • Pazhankanji has rare B6 & B12 vitamins, which are not otherwise easily available in other food supplements. This is the richest source of vitamin B12 for vegans.
  • The lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice resulting in an improved bioavailability of micronutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium by several-thousand percentage points.
  • After fermenting 100 grams of rice for 12 hours, the availability of iron changes from 3.4 mg to 73.91 mg—an increase of 2073%.
  • This rice generates and harbors trillions of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and has many disease fighting and immunity developing agents.
  • The bacteria that grow in the intestines because of consuming this rice, safeguards the internal organs and keeps them fit and ready.
  • Consuming this rice helps quicker digestion and wards off ageing, bone-related ailments and muscular pains.
  • Brown rice is the best for making pazhankanji as its nutrients are retained intact.
  • Consuming pazhankanji removes the body’s craving for tea or coffee.

Fermented rice plays a big role in the lives of people in the agrarian communities of Southeast Asia (SEA). It gives them the energy, nutrition and cooling effect needed for a full day of manual labour. Unfortunately, people moving up the food chain (or wealth chain, rather) look down on fermented rice as pauper’s food and ignore the great nutritional value it provides.

Food scientists who conducted research on the food practices among  various regions in the world concluded that the Southeast Asian tradition of breakfasting on cooked rice soaked in plain water overnight, is the best.


  • American Nutrition Association has listed the following health benefits of consuming soaked rice:
  • Consuming this rice for breakfast keeps the body light and energetic.
  • Beneficial bacteria for the body get produced in abundance.
  • Stomach ailments disappear, as excessive and harmful heat trapped in the body is neutralized.
  • Being high in fiber, it cures constipation and dullness in the body.
  • Blood pressure is normalized and hypertension subsides appreciably.
  • Body feels less tired as a result of which one feels fresh throughout the day.
  • Removes allergy-induced problems and skin-related ailments.
  • Removes all types of ulcers in the body.
  • Fresh infections are kept at bay.
  • It helps in maintaining youthful and radiant look.

So, do not throw away that extra rice you had cooked. It could be the healthiest breakfast you will ever have.

Comments (60)


    Sankara says:

    I used to have it in sengottai during my school days.After migrating to city I never had this..I will start again for me & also for my family memebers.Thanks for reminding me.

    S.s.govindasami says:

    This is the food which i used to have at home during my school days.. Actually whatever the left out food on the night, they will pour water and kept it for next day breakfast.. When we are slowly addicting to western culture, all our traditional ones have vanished. And again we are following since some x or y from US pointing about the goodness. Likewise there are many, we can get all those informations from our grandpa and grandmother… They were practising those traditionals.. Which we have to follow first of all and keep it as our routine, so that our children will follow the same and our traditions and values will be alive and we can lead healthy life….

    Sunita Jiju says:

    i am from kerala so i know this food item
    In kerala people traditionally consume it for breakfast. it is really good for health.

    Tania Im says:

    wonderful information !

    Thanigai Arasan says:

    Able to know the benefits fully..!!
    Good info..!!

    Devi N says:

    Though i have been having this awesome food this article has made me to know the health facts that are unknown. such article is nice and informative.

    S Usha Rathinam says:

    We are following this for the past 3 years. it is true

    Muniappan says:

    I had it yesterday morning.. awesome food it is indeed.. :)

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