Rice congee is a nourishing staple for babies, children, and adultsRice congee is a nourishing staple for babies, children, and adults

Congee Recipe for Healthy Digestion

 March 2, 2020

By  Juli Kramer

Congee recipe – This easy rice congee recipe nourishes healthy digestion in people of all ages. It’s easy to make and a perfect staple.

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


Step One

White Basmati Rice

Measure one cup of rice. No need to rinse the rice first when you make rice congee.


Step Two

12 cups of water and 1 cup of rice are all that's needs to make rice congee

Measure 12 cups of water.


Step 3

Rice congee starts with 12 cups of water.

Pour water into a large pot.


Step 4

Add rice to 12 cups of water to start your rice congee

Add rice to the water to begin making your rice congee.


Step 5

Rice congee starts with rice and water.

Stir rice and water together to mix.


Step 6

Rice congee needs to cook on high until the water comes to a boil.

Turn heat to high.


Step 7

Bring water to a boil and stir the rice congee for five minutes.

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.


Step 8

Turn heat to low.

Turn heat to low.


Step 9

Cover with lid and simmer

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.


Step 10

Ladel a portion of the rice congee into a bowl

Ladle 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.


Juli Kramer

Dr. Juli Kramer is a certified qigong instructor. She also holds a diploma in Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy and multiple certificates in Chinese medicine. As a qigong and meditation teacher, Dr. Kramer understands the important role movement and meditation have on developing a healthy body and mind. Juli also has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Counseling Psychology.

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