Simple Rice Congee

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Hydrating, demulcent, and perfect for after a cleanse, colonoscopy, acute illness, or bought of digestive distress.

Simple Congee Recipe

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 191kcal
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  • Small saucepan – 1.75 qt.


to start

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black salt optional (see notes)

optional add-ins

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • pinch turmeric
  • pinch black pepper


  • Rinse rice once, then place in a small saucepan with water, ghee, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer for 30 minutes until very soft. Add more water if needed.
  • Taste, then add in any additional seasonings as desired. Simmer another 5 minutes or more after adding any additional seasonings.


Black salt

My favorite thing to add (and all the congee needs along with a little black pepper) is black salt, a special mineral salt that has been kiln fired and contains sulphury compounds, primarily sodium chloride, that help to reduce gas and bloating.  
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Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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