If you ever want to learn just one TCM recipe, this millet congee should be it! It is minimalistic but full of flavor but with major medicinal benefits! Millet is considered one of the most important and nourishing grains in TCM, and has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years! It is cooling, hydrating, and simply amazing for digestion. After having this congee, your digestive system will feel so smooth, content, and at ease!
This recipe is suitable for all seasons and constitutions. It is very easy and quick to make. The only thing that might make it tricky is buying the grain. We realize that in western markets, the millet being sold is not the same millet we use in China or in TCM. Make sure to purchase foxtail millet, it is smaller in size than what we're finding at our western markets, cooks faster, tastes different, and doesn't have the white "eye" on the grain.
Simple Savory Millet Congee
congee, breakfast, porridge, lunch, dinner
VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | NUT-FREE
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If using tonic bag, boil 5 cups of water or broth and steep 2 tonic bag in the boiling liquid for 15 minutes. If not using tonic bags, skip this step.
In a pot, add rinsed millet, water/broth/tonic liquid, minced ginger, sesame oil. Bring everyting to a boil and then simmer with lid covered.
Stir constantly and cook for around 15 minutes. When the millet is completely soft, season and serve.
You might need to add additional water if you want your congee to be thin. Continue to cook and let water evaporate if you want your congee to be thick.
Serve alone (especially for upset digestion) or pair with other dishes.
- Tonify the Middle Jiao: promotes digestion
- Benefit the Kidneys
- Clear heat and detoxify
- Relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Moisturize the body, quench thirst
- Dispel wind, relieve skin rashes