Rice congee is perfect for babies’ and small children’s sensitive digestive systems. As we wrote in our post Why Babies & Children Get Sick, babies and children need to eat warm food that nourishes but does not strain their bodies. Rice congee, or rice soup, is the go to food in China for babies and small children! Keep reading for a step-by-step guide with photos on how to make this super food for your little ones! It’s super simple and great for adults too!
Eating whole foods that you make at home saves money and provides more nutrients than processed foods. Busy parents often feel strained about having the time to cook. The great news about this recipe is that you can make it once a week and have enough to last until the following week!
As your children get older and add different vegetables and meats to their diet, it’s easy to add these foods to the congee for variety. Pureed squash, turnips, greens, and meats add flavor and additional nutrients.
Ingredients for Rice Congee
1 cup long-grained white rice (Basmati or Jasmine rice are great choices
12 cups water
Measure one cup of rice. No need to rinse the rice first when you make rice congee.
Measure 12 cups of water.
Pour water into a large pot.
Add rice to the water to begin making your rice congee.
Stir rice and water together to mix.
Turn heat to high.
Bring water to a boil and stir the rice congee for five minutes. Stirring for five minutes is very important to get the right consistency.
Turn heat to low.
Cover with lid and simmer for two hours. If your lid does not have a vent for steam to escape, tilt the lid back to create an opening. Stir occasionally.
Ladel a portion of the rice congee into a bowl. Allow to cool a bit before serving.
That’s all there is to it to making rice congee!
Simple, right? Remember, you can add pureed foods that your child has tolerated without gas, mucus, or other health issues. We will cover how to introduce foods in another article. We’d love your feedback for how the recipe works for you. Feel free to leave a comment!
Want to learn more about the history of congee? Check out this article.
Dr. Juli Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a cognate in Counseling Psychology and her M.A. in Psychology. She has a diploma in Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy, and certificates in Chinese medicine from Dr. Zhang Yifang, Shanghai World Hospital, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Kramer founded Radiant Shenti to teach people how Chinese medicine (TCM) can help them lead healthy, happy, and long lives.
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