Recipe by Nose
I read that a millet porridge with sweet potatoes (and sometimes chestnuts) was a traditional dish in Northern China, and pulled together the proportions, method, and seasonings from a variety of sources. Have for breakfast or as a side dish. Congee is by definition mushy and bland, so be sure you are prepared for that if you make this. Everything in this is very good for you. I think you could use apples or pears instead of sweet potatoes.
- 1 cup millet
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup peeled diced sweet potato (raw or cooked)
- 1 slice peeled fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 tablespoons honey
- chestnuts or walnuts (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Rinse and drain the millet.
- Put all ingredients except honey and cooked sweet potatoes (if using) in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until it forms a porridge- 1 hour or so.
- If you are using cooked sweet potatoes, add them at the end and stir until hot- this will yield a chunkier porridge; raw ones cooked for an hour pretty much dissolve.
- Turn off the heat.
- Stir in the honey.
- Ladle into bowls.