One of the most common food for babies in this part of the world, is porridge. I prefer cooking congee (a thicker, less watery version of porridge). Cooking congee the traditional way on the stove is very time consuming and needs lots of attention, especially when the congee reaches a rather thick consistency. Once you let the congee burn, even if it's just a little at the bottom of the pot, the whole pot of congee will have a burnt taste. Not good.....
However, in our modern world, cooking congee is a breeze. I use a rice cooker which has a "Congee" setting! Here's how easily healthy, nutritious homemade congee can be cooked for your precious baby:
|Chicken & carrot congee for baby|
Rice (I use mixed unpolished rice)
1 clove of garlic, whole and with skin on
1 piece of carrot, cut into thin strips
1 piece of chicken, minced
light soya sauce
- Wash the rice and add it to the rice cooker pot. Add water as specified by your rice cooker instructions in order to cook congee. Add garlic and carrot strips to the rice cooker pot and start the rice cooker on "Congee" setting.
- Season the minced chicken with a little light soya sauce and white pepper.
- When the "Congee" cooking cycle has completed, add the minced chicken to the rice cooker pot and give the congee a quick stir. Start the "Congee" again. Once the 2nd "Congee" cooking cycle has completed, add a little light soya sauce to the congee.
- Remove the clove of garlic and serve warm. Be very careful to cool it sufficiently so as not to burn baby while feeding.
I like to run the "Congee" setting twice in order to get a thicker, more mushed up congee as my little one doesn't have any back teeth yet.