Which Rice to Choose for Congee?

(Last Updated on November 18, 2023 by Amiee)

Polished round-grained rice is also called japanica rice.

Long-shaped  rice is also called indica type rice, nonglutinous rice.

Long-shaped rice produced in southern China and polished round-grained rice produced in the north, which is more suitable for cooking porridge?

In fact, as early as 1800 years ago, the medical saint Zhang Zhongjing gave the answer. He added polished round-grained rice to his prescriptions for healing. Congee made from japonica rice, thick and easy to digest.

We also can get the information from this point that congee has a nourishing and therapeutic effect on the body. People who are weak or have poor digestion need to eat more congee. Congee is also one of my favorite foods.

Glutinous rice which people often eat is not suitable for cooking congee, because it is not easily digested. Like other coarse grains, such as brown rice, millet, black rice, etc., they are also suitable to eat some regularly. We can used them to cook rice or congee.

“The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” puts forward the dietary compatibility principle of “five grains for nourishment, five fruits for help, five livestock for benefit, five vegetables for supplementation, and the smell is compatible to take them, so as to replenish the essence and replenish qi”. This classic work believes that five grains are the basic substances that the human body depends on for survival.

My congee recipes:

Cantonese Congee with Fish

Chinese Red Bean Rice Porridge

Millet Congee

Pork congee with century eggs

Millet and Pumpkin Congee


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