Indian Sour Porridge Recipe With Aunty Neela

INDIAN CULTURE: The Marieamman prayer is a south Indian festival devoted to the the divine Mother in Hinduism. This special prayer is believed to bless the world with abundant rain and to cure and prevent disease. One of the other belief aspects around this Hindu prayer is that the divine Mother had healed the sick with fermented sour porridge.

This Indian sour porridge recipe acts as a healthy probiotic where it has a cooling effect on bodily functions especially during hot summers bringing relief to the digestive system. The Indian sour porridge recipe for you to enjoy making at home, try the recipe,

The porridge ingredients

  • Mealie meal (350ml)
  • 2 litres water
  • Sour milk (200ml)
  • Diced onions
  • Shallot
  • Salt to taste


  • The porridge is prepared by taking the required amount of mealie meal and soaking it in a ideally a clay pot of water for a period of 5 or 7 or 9 days for the fermentation process.
  • After this fermentation process, the soaked mealie meal is then transferred into a pot that is brought to boil.
  • Once the porridge is cooked it must be cooled. Sour milk, chopped onions, shallot and salt is added to the porridge and mixed.

For the Mariamman prayer: This delicious sour porridge is then poured into either 3 or 7 or 9 containers and then offered to the Hindu goddess Amman at the ritual prayer.

What is difference between onion and shallot?

Unlike regular onions, which grow as single bulbs, shallots grow in clusters, more like garlic. They are a bit sweeter than regular onions, and their flavor is more subtle. Regardless, while both onion and shallot give an oniony flavor, they are not actually interchangeable.

What is a good replacement for a shallot?

You can substitute onions for shallots 1:1. But if the recipe calls for more than one half cup of shallots, go easier on the onions, or the flavor will be too oniony. When using white onions as a substitute add a pinch of garlic powder or some minced garlic to the onionsIndian sour porridge

What are shallots used for?

Whether diced, minced, or sliced, shallots are used for seasoning dishes, either with a soft onion undercurrent or a pop of sharp acidity similar to a hint of garlic. They can also be used to brighten vinaigrettes.

Why is this sour porridge so special?

It is believed that this porridge consumed after offering it to the divine Mother that this is , it contains a special power or (Shakthie) which heals any internal sickness and ailment.

Indian Sour Porridge

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