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Millet porridge

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Porridge/ congee is a common substitute for rice among the Chinese. It is a preferred meal especially during hot weather or when a person’s body is heaty. It can be cooked in cooking pot, rice cooker, crock pot, slow cooker, claypot or pressured cooker. When my son was younger, I like to cook porridge using a slow-cooker. Although it took a longer time, the texture of the porridge is smoother and more viscous. At the same time I can attend to other housework and not need to worry whether the porridge would burn. However, after I moved over to Singapore, I like to cook my porridge using a claypot or cooking pot because it is faster. Sometimes, when time is a constraint, I would boil millet porridge as it cooks faster than rice porridge.


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According to, millet is a highly nutritious, healthful and versatile grain. It is the 6th most important grain in the world. Due to this, I always add a small amount of millet to my porridge or rice.

Today I will share with you the millet porridge I cooked few weeks ago. On that day, my son who had just recovered from his fever, was having a sore throat. I brought him to see the pediatrician. It was extremely late by the time we reached home. So I decided to cook millet porridge which is not only suitable for his condition but also serves as a quick, easy and healthy lunch. To make porridge more nutritious and tasty, I added a variety of available ingredients into the porridge.


Below is my own version of millet porridge. I didn’t measure the ingredients as I was in a rush that day. I just did a “mix and match” for all the ingredients on hand.


Pumpkin puree
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Baby sweet corns
Cherry tomatoes

White pepper powder
Sesame oil

Other recommended ingredients:
Grains : quinoa, buckwheat, green beans (mung beans), red beans, barley
Vegetables: carrot, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, leafly vegetables, broccoli (florets or stems), cauliflowers, green peas, edamame (Japanese soy bean), fresh lily bulbs, sweetcorns
Meat : fish, pork, chicken
Others : huai san (Chinese yam), wolfberries

1) Wash rice and millet. Fill pot with water approx 2x the amount of the grain. Reduce water if using crock pot or slow cooker. Bring water and grain to boil.
2) Stir occasionally to prevent the rice/ grain from sticking to the bottom. Add water from time to time. Use medium to low heat. Cook until the rice / grain break down and achieve the consistency level you want.
3) Add in other ingredients and cook according to the required cooking time.
4) Add in seasoning. Turn off the flame and serve.


Other recommended recipes:
kiddy porridge
claypot chicken rice
sushi rolls

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  1. Bits of Life 'n' Taste says:

    Hi friend, Millet porridge, yum yum…. I also boiled Millet porridge when my son was young… tks for your recommendation, even I, liked it very much!

  2. Selba says:

    Millet? I’m not familiar of millet at all… Do restaurants serve millet? Would love to try 🙂

  3. Pearl says:

    mmmmmm i love porridge 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    My hubby likes porridge very much. He would prefer to eat porridge rather than a bowl of rice. haha…

  5. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Bits of Life ‘n’ Taste,
    Try to add some when cooking ur rice. I do that everyday. 😉

    Hi Selba,
    Haven’t seen it in the restaurant. U can find millet from the organic shop. 😉

    Hi Pearl,
    Oic, u r a “porridge” girl! Hehehe!

    Hi Christine,
    As what I know, some Chinese (esp the older generation) like to eat porridge as breakfast every morning. Do u often cook porridge for your family?

  6. Pam says:

    What a hearty and tasty meal. The photo makes my mouth water.

  7. desmond-t says:

    i see a very detailed review and recipe here!well done!

  8. Dora says:

    Have not tried millet before! Looks so colourful and yummy. I’m sure tots love it. 🙂

  9. New Kid on the Blog says:

    this is new to me.. 🙂

  10. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Pam,
    Tks for your kind comments.

    Hi Desmond-t,
    Tks for dropping by and your kind words.

    Hi Dora,
    Yes, tot like me luv it too! Hehehe!

    Hi NKOTB,
    Give it a try. 😉

  11. Sophie says:

    This sounds so healthy and warm! I’ve only ever tried millet flour, but I’d love to try this for breakfast! How would you describe the taste?

  12. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Sophie,
    What a good idea for breakfast! The taste is quite blunt. Similar to barley. You can add either sweet(dried fruits, raisins, seeds)or salty (ham, egg, bacon) ingredients to enhance the flavours. 😉

  13. little prince's mummy says:

    Pumpkin seeds can b cooked with porridge also?!

  14. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Little Prince’s mummy,
    The pumpkin seeds I used are the dried type not the fresh ones found in the pumpkin. The packet for these seeds contains the following info:
    “Pumpkin seeds (kernels) can be eaten raw or roasted as a snack. It is also used as an ingredient for baking of bread, cookies and health bars. Toasted pumpkin kernels can be added for salads, cereal, yoghurt and ice-cream.”
    You may try the homemade snack bars I made using pumpkin seeds. 😉

  15. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, I also add millet to the porridge for my girl. I wash the millet before use but I wonder if there is a need to do so. Do you wash them before use?

  16. Linda says:

    I would really like to try this. Do you have any other millet recipes you can email me?

    Thanks so much!

  17. Julia says:

    Thanks for this recipe & the mixture veg i can use.
    My Boy just turn 2. Do u think he is suitable to take ham? Where u buy ham & what type is yi table
    For above recipe ?

    • food-4tots says:

      Julia: I don’t recommend ham for your boy at his age as it’s a processed meat. Maybe you can add some fresh minced meat, chicken or fish. 😉

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