Rice porridge, also known as rice congee throughout Asia, is the #1 dish to eat the first few days after birth. Traditionally used in both Chinese medicine as well as Ayurveda, this simple dish contains all the qualities necessary to jump start your postpartum recovery. Hot, soft, oily, sweet and well spiced, this rice pudding is deeply nourishing as well as comforting. It not only soothes the nerves, but also nourishes the tissues, stimulates digestion, and rebuilds the blood. This rice porridge is medicine for mamas! Enjoy!
New Mother's Rice Porridge
- 16 C water
- 1 C basmati rice
- 1 1/2 C raw brown sugar or molasses
- 1/2 C ghee or sesame oil
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 3/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/2 tsp clove powder
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- pinch of cayenne (optional)
- Rinse rice several times until the water runs clear.
- Bring water to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook with the lid off, stirring occasionally for several hours.
- When the rice begins to thicken, add sugar, spices and ghee.
- When the consistency is gelatinous, take off heat and serve hot.
*Gluten-Free *Vegan * It is very important to cook this dish long enough that the rice actually breaks down and loses its form. * Works great in a slow cooker! Add all ingredients and cook for 8 hours.
Be sure to add this rice porridge recipe into your postpartum care plan. This is one of the most helpful recipes for the 1st phase of postpartum recovery. It should be your main recipe for the first 3 days after birth. Organize someone to cook it while you are in labor, so it will be ready as soon as you are hungry after the birth.