2008/12/17

Millet porridge

Millet porridge, millet, porridge, toddlers, Food For Tots

Porridge/ congee is a common substitute for rice among the Chinese. It is a preferred meal especially during hot weather or when a person’s body is heaty. It can be cooked in cooking pot, rice cooker, crock pot, slow cooker, claypot or pressured cooker. When my son was younger, I like to cook porridge using a slow-cooker. Although it took a longer time, the texture of the porridge is smoother and more viscous. At the same time I can attend to other housework and not need to worry whether the porridge would burn. However, after I moved over to Singapore, I like to cook my porridge using a claypot or cooking pot because it is faster. Sometimes, when time is a constraint, I would boil millet porridge as it cooks faster than rice porridge.

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According to chetday.com, millet is a highly nutritious, healthful and versatile grain. It is the 6th most important grain in the world. Due to this, I always add a small amount of millet to my porridge or rice.

Today I will share with you the millet porridge I cooked few weeks ago. On that day, my son who had just recovered from his fever, was having a sore throat. I brought him to see the pediatrician. It was extremely late by the time we reached home. So I decided to cook millet porridge which is not only suitable for his condition but also serves as a quick, easy and healthy lunch. To make porridge more nutritious and tasty, I added a variety of available ingredients into the porridge.

Below is my own version of millet porridge. I didn’t measure the ingredients as I was in a rush that day. I just did a “mix and match” for all the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients:
Millet
Rice
Pumpkin puree
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Baby sweet corns
Cherry tomatoes
Snowpeas
Ham

Seasonings:
Salt
White pepper powder
Sesame oil

Other recommended ingredients:
Grains : quinoa, buckwheat, green beans (mung beans), red beans, barley
Vegetables: carrot, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, leafly vegetables, broccoli (florets or stems), cauliflowers, green peas, edamame (Japanese soy bean), fresh lily bulbs, sweetcorns
Meat : fish, pork, chicken
Others : huai san (Chinese yam), wolfberries

Methods:
1) Wash rice and millet. Fill pot with water approx 2x the amount of the grain. Reduce water if using crock pot or slow cooker. Bring water and grain to boil.
2) Stir occasionally to prevent the rice/ grain from sticking to the bottom. Add water from time to time. Use medium to low heat. Cook until the rice / grain break down and achieve the consistency level you want.
3) Add in other ingredients and cook according to the required cooking time.
4) Add in seasoning. Turn off the flame and serve.

Other recommended recipes:
-kiddy porridge
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claypot chicken rice
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sushi rolls

14 comments:

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

Hi friend, Millet porridge, yum yum.... I also boiled Millet porridge when my son was young... tks for your recommendation, even I, liked it very much!

Selba said...

Millet? I'm not familiar of millet at all... Do restaurants serve millet? Would love to try :)

Pearl said...

mmmmmm i love porridge :)

Christine said...

My hubby likes porridge very much. He would prefer to eat porridge rather than a bowl of rice. haha...

Food For Tots said...

Hi Bits of Life 'n' Taste,
Try to add some when cooking ur rice. I do that everyday. ;)

Hi Selba,
Haven't seen it in the restaurant. U can find millet from the organic shop. ;)

Hi Pearl,
Oic, u r a "porridge" girl! Hehehe!

Hi Christine,
As what I know, some Chinese (esp the older generation) like to eat porridge as breakfast every morning. Do u often cook porridge for your family?

Pam said...

What a hearty and tasty meal. The photo makes my mouth water.

desmond-t said...

i see a very detailed review and recipe here!well done!

Dora said...

Have not tried millet before! Looks so colourful and yummy. I'm sure tots love it. :)

New Kid on the Blog said...

this is new to me.. :)

Food For Tots said...

Hi Pam,
Tks for your kind comments.

Hi Desmond-t,
Tks for dropping by and your kind words.

Hi Dora,
Yes, tot like me luv it too! Hehehe!

Hi NKOTB,
Give it a try. ;)

Sophie said...

This sounds so healthy and warm! I've only ever tried millet flour, but I'd love to try this for breakfast! How would you describe the taste?

Food For Tots said...

Hi Sophie,
What a good idea for breakfast! The taste is quite blunt. Similar to barley. You can add either sweet(dried fruits, raisins, seeds)or salty (ham, egg, bacon) ingredients to enhance the flavours. ;)

little prince's mummy said...

Pumpkin seeds can b cooked with porridge also?!

Food For Tots said...

Hi Little Prince's mummy,
The pumpkin seeds I used are the dried type not the fresh ones found in the pumpkin. The packet for these seeds contains the following info:
"Pumpkin seeds (kernels) can be eaten raw or roasted as a snack. It is also used as an ingredient for baking of bread, cookies and health bars. Toasted pumpkin kernels can be added for salads, cereal, yoghurt and ice-cream."
You may try the homemade snack bars I made using pumpkin seeds. ;)