Recipe for Health
Congee is an Asian comfort food that is also deeply nourishing and tasty. There are many ways to prepare congee but the base recipe is the same- 1 cup of rice to 10 cups of liquid. From there you can decide if you are feeling savory or sweet and can add things like meats, veg or fruits to your liking!
Here is one of my favorite savory congee recipes…
-1 cup rice
-10 cups chicken or veg broth
-Handful of astragalus roots (this will be discarded after use not eaten)
-Handful of jujube dates (Da Zao)
-1-2 slices of reishi mushroom (this will be discarded after use not eaten)
-2 TBSP. minced garlic
-2 TBSP. minced ginger
-1 TBSP. fresh ground black pepper
-3 Lbs. cooked chicken cut up
-Salt to taste
-scallions for garnish
Place the rice, herbs and broth into a large pot. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
Add the chicken and simmer for about 30 minutes longer. Stir frequently now as the soup is getting thicker. The consistency should resemble porridge. You can add more broth is you need. Garnish with scallions.
You can omit the chicken and use a vegetable stock if you don’t eat meat!