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Multigrain Congee

Multigrain Congee, Multigrain Rice Porridge, Multigrain Chinese Porridge, Toddler, Food For Tots


Serve: 5-6

100g uncooked multigrain
40g uncooked millet
60g uncooked short grain rice
700g raw chicken carcasses (about 2 medium sized chickens) – refer to notes
40g dried scallops (about 5 pieces) – rinsed
250g pumpkin/ butternut squash (skinned and diced)
2 slices gingers
2 litres water (including water used for soaking the rice and scallops)

Light soy sauce
Sesame oil

Condiments (optional):
Toasted peanuts
Toasted anchovies
Spring onions (chopped)


  1. Wash and rinse the rice (multigrain, millet and short grain rice) for several times until the water turns clear. Soak the rice with water for at least one hour.
  2. Rinse and soak dried scallops with hot water for 10 minutes. Then break the scallops into small pieces. Reserve the soaking water.
  3. Remove any excess skin and fat from the chicken. Rinse with cold water. Blanch in boiling water, drain and rinse again with cold water. Set aside.
  4. In a large stock pot, add in all the ingredients (refer to notes). Spread the chopped pumpkins at the bottom of the pot and place the chicken carcasses on top. Put the sliced gingers and dried scallops inside the chicken carcasses. Sprinkle the soaked rice over all the ingredients. Lastly, add the water. This will help to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.
  5. Bring it to a boil under medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours or until the congee reaches the consistency you desire. After 1 hour, the rice should have broken and developed starch. To avoid the congee from sticking to the bottom, give it a stir occasionally. Add a little bit water if the congee is too thick. Skim off any fat or scums that float to the surface.
  6. 15 minutes before the end of cooking, remove the chicken carcasses. Shred the chicken meat off the carcasses and return the chicken meat to the pot.
  7. Season to taste and serve with condiments.


  1. You can use any combination of grain and rice. But millet and short grain rice will give your congee a smoother texture.
  2. Use the whole chicken carcass to cook. Do not chop it into pieces as it is difficult to scoop them up after cooking. Chicken carcass can be substituted with pork ribs. If you don’t want to use chicken carcass, then use homemade chicken stock (鸡汤) instead of water.
  3. Use a large stock pot with enough depth as you don’t want the congee to spill over during cooking. Make sure the water level is at least 12cm/ 5 inches apart from the top of the stockpot. If this isn’t possible, then cook with lid partially covered.
  4. How to toast peanuts – please refer to this post .
  5. How to toast anchovies – please refer to this post.


Multigrain Congee, Multigrain Rice Porridge, Multigrain Chinese Porridge, Toddler, Food For Tots

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  1. Alice says:

    I love this porridge too! Nutritious and delicious!

  2. LCOM says:

    Your multigrain congee looks delicious! Love this healthy version of congee.

  3. jenn says:

    Can I use slow cooker to cook this porriage?

    • food-4tots says:

      Jenn: Provided your slow cooker is big enough to cater to all the ingredients. If not, you may need to cut down the ingredients accordingly. Another option is to remove the chicken carcasses and replace water with chicken stock. In this case, the amount of liquid has to be reduced by 100-200ml. 😉

  4. Wow~~ This look absolutely delicious! I bought a pack of this 5 grains rice too! Will try out your recipe on weekend 🙂

  5. Lilium says:

    I used this brand too! It makes nice porridge! I also used to cook as rice but I still prefer it as porridge!

  6. tigerfish says:

    I also cook multigrain congee at least once a week! And I also add millet and short grain rice. The millet definitely makes it more “creamy” smooth. 🙂

  7. lisang says:

    Hello there!
    I love love love CONGEE!
    I can have it anytime of day, week, year.
    I do like to start it with a nice chicken breast then shred.
    The multi grain I will need to try as I am trying to eat better. I tried it with brown rice and i like the chewy texture so with multi grain might be a party for me 🙂

    Thank you and once again great post!

    Cookng sisters

  8. Rack of Lam says:

    That is very interesting, I’ve never made or seen anybody make congee with multi-grains, but it actually looks pretty good and healthy. I’ve only used long grain and sushi rice, but I might give this one a try! Good job once again!

  9. Now that’s a super delicious and healthy congee! The Japanese especially eat congee when we’re not well and I can imagine we’ll get better immediately after having this.

  10. noobcook says:

    This looks so healthy, I will look out for this grain next time I’m grocery shopping =)

  11. mycookinghut says:

    This is a really special congee. I have never tried using different grains to make congee. Well done!

  12. May says:

    Hi,may i know what is short grain rice?

  13. Janine says:

    definitely trying out your recipe soon! my multigrain version contains about the same grains as yours, together with oats, which I find gives it that cantonese porridge smoothness ;p

  14. Grace says:

    Your recipes have never failed me this far. And the same goes for this nutritious and delicious congee =D. I was beaming when u posted this and knew I had to try it soon. I used a combination of jap rice, black and brown rice. It’s very yummy! My husband, 5yr old and 1.5 yr old daughters love it! Makes me So happy! A great way to get them to eat pumpkin too =D
    And I followed your post on toasting tiny anchovies, turned out so good!
    My 5 yr old daughter and I LOVE crispy anchovies and I always feel guilty giving her the fried version. Now it’s oil and guilt free anchovies! Yay!=D (sorry, too excited to thank u!)
    Thanks again for sharing. Love your recipes, love your photos ;D
    Keep it up!

  15. Grace says:

    Love your multigrain shot too! 2 Thumbs up!

  16. Christine says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! I tried it with pork ribs instead of chicken as I was coughing and it still turned out yummy! I was a bit skeptical about the taste at first, not knowing what the mixture of grains would taste like. But it turned out just like white rice congee but with a variety of textures that made it so interesting 🙂

  17. Ling says:

    Hi hi,

    I just cooked this for dinner. It worked great. Used marinated sliced pork instead of chicken meat and the chicken stock was instant 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  18. Rachel says:

    Hi, i do not know what is millet? Where can i buy that?

    You ladies mention multi-grain, short-grain?

    May i know where can i buy them and is it suitable for my 16mths tod?

    Appreciate mummy reply. 🙂

  19. Ida says:

    Hello mommy! Thank You sooo much for your sharing! May I check what Çhicken Carcass means? Does it mean the whole chicken with Bones, Meat and Skin?

    • food-4tots says:

      Ida: Chicken carcass that I used for this recipe is the whole chicken bones with some meat attached to it but without the skin. 😉

      • Ida says:

        Thank you for your prompt response! Just two more questions regarding the chicken carcasss:

        1) So I buy a whole chicken from the supermarket and remove all the skin and some meat?

        2) How long should I blanch it for before rinsing with cold water? Just to clarify – blanching means cook in boiling water? (I read that the purpose of blanching is so that the meat will stop cooking once it is rinsed with cold water. Does it mean when the chicken carcass is placed in the large stock pot to cook in step 4, the chicken will actually not cook further already?)

        Thank you for bearing with my very beginner questions!

        • food-4tots says:

          Ida: Usually you will find chicken carcass in the supermarket at the chiller section. If not, then get the whole chicken and remove the skin will do. Another option is go to your nearby wet market. Tell the seller that you need chicken carcass, he will definitely know which one to show you.

          Just blanch for 2-3 minutes. What you have read is not the main purpose for doing this blanching. It is to get rid of any blood smell and impurities. 😉

  20. Nancy says:


    NTUC Supermarket is selling Organic Raw Buckwheat. Is the same item that was featured in the picture illustrated?


    • food-4tots says:

      Nancy: Buckwheat is just one of the ingredients in this multigrain. You need to look for multigrain not just buckwheat at NTUC Supermarket.

  21. Nancy says:

    Thanks for yr speedy reply. Yes, I have come across the Greenmax
    Multigrain pack in supermarket but wanted to know if I want to mske my own combination with buckwheat, I can only find organic raw buckwheat
    In NTUC supermarket. Is this acceptable?

  22. Nancy says:

    Sorry, please notify me of comments. Thnks.

  23. Joe says:

    I’m going to try this tonight. Can you clarify for me? “2 litres water (including water used for soaking the rice and scallops)” Since your receipt says “including water for soaking” how much water should i put directly into the pot to make the congee?

    Also, if i can find the taiwanese rice, do i just use 200g of it?

    • food-4tots says:

      Joe: This recipe is very flexible. Soak your rice and scallops with water just enough to cover them slightly. There is no need to measure the water as it will only make up 10% of the total water needed. Yes, you can substitute the suggested amount with any types of rice you prefer. 😉

  24. BabyFoodfinder says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this lovely porridge, I would like to try it out ASAP!

    How do you seperate the millets from the multigrain? Do you handpick them one by one?

  25. Huiqi says:


    Can I cook this a every meal for my 7mths old baby as she has constipation and I heard that millet is very easy to digest too.

  26. yi xuan says:

    Hi, love your website. I wondered if this can be cooked for baby about 1 yrs old? Do I need to grind it into powder if I cooked it for baby? Thanks!

    • food-4tots says:

      Yi Xuan: Sorry, I haven’t tried grinding multigrain into powder before. But I did try to grind brown rice and cook for my son after he turned 7 months. For brown rice, you need to wash and dry them thoroughly first. Grind them with blender, sieve and grind again until they turn into powder. Keep inside an air-tight container. Actually, millet and quinoa can be cooked without grinding.

  27. Wendiee says:

    Hi, my 1st time trying tis multi grain.
    1) can gave it to my 19 mths old toddler?
    2) if I use slow cooker, how long does it take to cook?
    3) if I cook as desert what should I add?
    Hope to hear frm you soon. Tks!

    • food-4tots says:

      Wendiee: Yes, it is suitable for your toddler. Omit the scallop if he is allergic to seafood. Haven’t tried this recipe using slow cooker before. I guess it will take about 2 hours at least. Another shortcut I like to use is to soak the rice and freeze it (please refer to the method shared in my quick congee recipe). You mean multigrain dessert? I haven’t made dessert using multigrain rice before. As a rule of thumb, you can add red dates or honey dates to sweeten it. 🙂

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