Congee (Savoury Rice Porridge)

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Congee (Savoury Rice Porridge)

Only 5 ingredients! So easy to make, affordable, and healthy. I love that you can top this with whatever you like making each bowl totally customizable! Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. 
My Notes:
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Meal Type: dinner, Lunch
Special: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather), Soy-Free
Tool: Stove
Ingredient: Rice
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Ingredients
For the congee:
  • 1 cup(s) rice white or brown rice
  • 2 inch(s) fresh ginger minced
  • 4 clove(s) garlic minced
  • 10 cup(s) water (plus more for soaking mushrooms)
  • 14 dried shiitake mushrooms
For the toppings (use whatever combination you like):
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Sesame seeds
  • Hot sauce I like Sriracha
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Peanuts
  • Chili oil
  • Shelled edamame
  • Crispy tofu cubes
  • Or anything you think would be delicious!
Instructions
  • Add the rice along with the ginger, garlic, and 10 cups of water to a large pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and set a timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime bring some additional water to a boil. Put the dried shiitake mushrooms in a heat proof bowl and cover with the boiling water. They tend to float, so I usually put another bowl on top of the mushrooms and water to help keep them submerged. Let them soak for 20 minutes or so until tender. Drain and discard the soaking water, then thinly slice the shiitakes.
  • Add the sliced shiitakes to the simmering pot of rice. It doesn't matter too much when you add the mushrooms, as long as they are in there with the rice for at least 20 minutes, but I always add them as soon as they are sliced.
  • Stir the pot every now and then as it simmers, especially as it gets closed to being finished so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. When the congee is done it will be a thick rice porridge. If you prefer a thinner congee, add water until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve along with toppings of your choice. I like sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, Sriracha, a few drops of toasted sesame oil, and soy sauce to taste.
Notes
Soy-Free: for soy-free, substitute a soy sauce for a soy-free option such as coconut aminos.
Nutrition
Calories: 112kcal
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