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Homemade porridge – food for the spirit

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18 August 2010 | 2 Comments

This is another easy dish to prepare, though the preparation can take a bit of time as there’s plenty of ingredients to cut up and prepare ahead, but it’s a perfect grounding activity and therefore you are nurturing your spirit when you prepare and enjoy this dish.

Rice porridge with chicken and vegetables.


1. A cup and half of rice, washed. (a cup would serve as many as 3 bowls of porridge)
2. Chicken fillet, chopped up into little tiny pieces.
3. One whole red onion, half a bulb of garlic, an inch of ginger: chop up the onions and garlic, and cut the ginger into fine strips.
4. A cup of cauliflower, cut into florets, make sure they look nice!
5. A handful of French beans, de-string them, cut into 1-inch long sticks sideways, make sure they look sexy!
6. Young baby-corn, cut into 1-inch sticks, and this adds a nice variety of colour in the dish.
7. Carrots, a whole cup full, cut them up either into 1-inch sticks or just round as they are.
8. Cabbage, simple and nicely cut up.
9. Spinach, if you like green leafy veges. Clean them out thoroughly by separating the sticks and the leaves, and soak them separately. When cleaning the bits of sand or silt hidden in the leaves, agitate the leaves (a handful at a time) in a basin of water and the sediments would sink downwards. Clean at least 2 – 3 times until you don’t feel any sediment on the base of the basin when you run your palms on the surface of the basin.
10. Cooking oil, sea-salt, lots of water.
11. Spring onions and celery or chinese celery for garnishing. Crispy fried onions or anchovies can be used for garnishing if you fancy an even intense flavour.


In a cookware, heat up cooking oil, and then cook the chopped onions, garlic and ginger strips until they are translucent. Then add the chicken fillet and cook them until they are opaque. You can sprinkle some salt into the chicken while it cooks. This will take a couple of minutes.

Now, the rice is ready to go into the mix, and work on it gently for a few minutes. Let the rice soak up the moist in the pot, therefore only add the water a bit later.

Now add water and let the rice cook up. Keep stirring until the rice cooks and breaks up, and keep adding water until this is achieved.

By now, you can throw in all the vegetables and cook them together until they soften. Keep adding water, if necessary.

Add in sea-salt to taste.

An option, if you prefer slight sourness, add the wedges from a whole tomato into the pot. And once the tomato have soften, then the dish is almost ready.

Give it a final stir or two and then serve it steaming hot!

Sprinkle garnish on the porridge! Enjoy!

Yes, this is food for the spirit!

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2 Responses on “Homemade porridge – food for the spirit”

  1. Alan Duke says:

    food for the spirit huh ?? Wow !!
    Many thanks

  2. riyazadmin says:

    Thanks, Alan, and I hope you enjoy preparing this dish which can be an alternative to risotto.

    Add some pepper for more heat to warm you on a cold evening.

    Yes, it’s food for the soul and the spirit!

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