Kaanji |Fermented Carrot Drink From North India |Healthy Beverage

Kaanji is a traditional fermented carrot drink , a usual in punjabi households of north India .

It is made with black carrots , but this recipe uses regular carrots and beetroots for the ease of availability without compromising on the colour or taste.

It’s a quick recipe to prep for , however fermentation may take 2-3 sunny afternoons.

Kaanji : Fermented Carrot Drink


  1. Carrots (Regular/ black carrots) : ~700 gm .
  2. Beetroot : 2 medium sized (only if using regular carrots and not black carrots )
  3. Water : 1.5 to 2 litre
  4. Black Salt : 2tbsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Red chilli powder : 2 tsp
  7. Mustard seeds : 2 .5 tbsp

Method :

  1. Wash , scrub and peel carrots and beetroots . Cut them length wise in long pieces .
  2. Dry grind the mustard seeds to prepare a fine mustard powder.
  3. In a thoroughly cleaned glass /ceramic jar , add carrots , beetroots , black salt , salt to taste, red chilli powder and freshly ground mustard powder.
  4. Add 1.5 litre of drinking water . You may increase quantity to 2 litre if vessel has capacity .
  5. Mix well with a wooden spoon / spatula . Close the jar tightly with lid or muslin cloth.
  6. Keep it for fermentation in sun for 2-3 afternoons. Stir once daily.
  7. Kaanji is ready in 2-3 days , confirm by colour and sour taste.

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