Turkey Rice Porridge (Congee)

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Turkey rice porridge

Turkey rice porridge

Rice porridge is a very Asian food. Actually a very Chinese food. It is often eaten for breakfast. But of course it can be eaten for lunch or dinner too. It is very warming when eaten during cold weathers. It is also known to be therapeutic, especially for those who have weak digestion or not feeling well. I remember when we were young, my mom always served us plain rice porridge with a little splash of soya sauce or condensed milk, and nothing else. And if we had fever, we were only allowed to drink porridge water, no rice in it! It’s quite like fasting but then we recovered quite quickly. Porridge water is also known to help diarrhoea. But don’t take this as a cure. Always go to see the doctor when you are sick.

Rice porridge, also called congee is always most welcoming in my family. So is soup, especially in this cold weather. I love to use turkey mince in my rice porridge because it’s very lean and also you can hide a lot of vegetables in it. Apart from rice porridge, you can use turkey mince for making dumplings or meat balls. They are very delicious. Rice porridge is to the east what risotto is to the west.

I made a simple turkey rice porridge for lunch yesterday. Cooking plain rice porridge is very easy. If you like a more creamy porridge, cook rice together with water. If you want a more delicious porridge, use a nice soup like chicken soup to cook the rice. However if you don’t have much time and want a quick porridge, you can use left over cooked rice which I often do but it’s different. It’s more like rice soup and not creamy. But yesterday’s porridge was cooked from scratch, i.e., rice and soup cooked together.

The type of rice used is also important. If you like a more creamy rice, use short grain rice. Some people even add a little glutinous rice. Some love the rice to be all broken up which means a longer cooking. As for me I like it with the grains still visible.

The turkey mince is easy to make. Here’s my easy turkey mince recipe:

450g turkey mince
3 spring onions (washed and cut fine)
1/2 red onion (peeled and fined chopped)
3 pips garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
1 medium carrot (grated)
3T light soya sauce
2T sesame oil
1/2t pepper powder

Turkey porridge ingredients

Turkey porridge ingredients

Put turkey mince into a mixing bowl. Add chopped ingredients and seasonings. I like to use Scotty Brand carrots because they are very fresh.

turkey porridge ingredients mixed

Turkey porridge ingredients mixed

Mix everything together well. Leave aside to marinade for about 30 minutes.

Add turkey mince to rice porridge

Add turkey mince to rice porridge

When the rice is cooked, add the mince to the porridge . You can add bigger scoop or smaller scoop. I like it in small scoop as it cooks faster.

Delicious turkey porridge

Delicious turkey porridge

When you have scooped the amount that you want into the pot, stir it through the rice. Keep boiling until the meat is cooked. Season the rice with some light soya sauce and pepper according to your taste.

Dish up into bowls and serve hot. Add fried shallot oil for extra taste and some chopped chives for garnishing. Enjoy. You can add a poached egg if you like.

Note: Extra marinaded turkey mince can be kept in a container in the fridge. I always use it up in 2-3 days. Sometimes I make more and put in smaller bags and freeze it. It comes very handy when you need a quick meal. You can use it for making meatballs or in dumplings.

Other rice porridge that you may be interested in:
Best Turkey Rice Porridge
Meat Balls Rice Porridge
Salted Fish And Chicken Rice Porridge

Char Siu Chicken Rice Porridge
Healthy Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha)
Seafood Risotto

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Belinda @zomppa  on June 19th, 2012

I would have far preferred this as a kid…with turkey!!

Stella  on June 19th, 2012

I just had congee for.dinner too!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on June 19th, 2012

Yummy! I want one bowl for the breakfast!

Mylene Pentland  on June 20th, 2012

I love congee and this sounds delicious - this is definitely on the menu this weekend!!!! Thanks and keep those tempting recipes coming…..I hope your leg is better too. xx

noobcook  on June 20th, 2012

love minced meat porridge, and never tire of eating it after all these years :)

Blackswan  on June 20th, 2012

Turkey is something that we eat during X’mas here, so it’s really interesting to see a porridge dish. Hope u’re feeling much better & recovery well!

Jon @ vodkitchen  on June 20th, 2012

Looks good… my wife loves congee, but she only eats the plain rice version. Maybe I should surprise her with a really unusual one! Turkey is definitely unusual!

Cenwen  on June 20th, 2012

Miam :) looks good !

Thank you for this discovery! I do not know anything :)

Hope you get better !

Take care of you !

Kisses ♥ ♥ ♥

lena  on June 20th, 2012

hi mary, i never heard of eating porridge with condensed milk but that’s pretty interesting knowing this. I also just had porridge with minced pork for lunch 2 days ago, i might be cooking it again today..hv not been feeling too good, cld be due to the haze :(

suituapui  on June 21st, 2012

Ah!!! Love this! Just had congee this morning…but with minced pork, not turkey…and salted eggs. Typical Chinese eh? LOL!!!

Mary  on June 21st, 2012

@Belinda @zomppa - Did you have a different one? Plain one like mine? :D

@Stella - We are sure loving the same type of food :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Big one or small one? :P

@Mylene Pentland - Thanks very much, Mylene! Yes, can’t wait to be off the crutches to be out and about. Have fun cooking :D

@noobcook - Me too! Hope you have a lovely day! :D

@Blackswan - We get turkey all year round here…whole turkey, turkey breast meat, diced turkey meat and turkey drumstick. Looks like Christmas here everyday…..haha. I’m feeling a lot better. Hope the recovery is faster! :D

@Jon @ vodkitchen - You must be cooking a lot of side dishes for your wife to go with the plain porridge. Good husband! :D

@Cenwen - Thanks very much, Isabelle! I’m feeling a lot better now :D Muuaaak!

@lena - Oh no, you are not feeling well? Hope you recover fast. Yes, I heard about the haze. Must be so irritating. Looks like it happens every year around this time. Maybe drink more water and freshly made juices. Oh, try porridge with condensed milk. I actually like it. Quite like the rice adding here :D

@suituapui - Yes, very, very Chinese, to have porridge for breakfast…LOL. I am cooking it for lunch now. But sadly, no salted eggs, need to make myself….hmmm. But well, I’m going to enjoy my turkey porridge soon.

tigerfish  on June 21st, 2012

I will not be tired of eating this. So comforting and soothing. I like how you marinate and flavor the turkey as meat balls, which also flavor up the congee.

Hope you are better now.

Mistletoe  on June 23rd, 2012

I had this a lot growing up as my grandma used to cook this for us in the mornings. Definitely a great meal in cold weather. Your way of eating it is much healthier though, and looks delicious. My grandma used to cook the rice in plain water. Then we’d eat it with salted duck egg or salted marinated veggies. Sometimes shredded pork or chicken. There are so many ways to eat this congee. It’s for sure my go to meal when me or any of my family members isn’t feeling well. Thanks for sharing your version. It’s looks and sounds very tasty and healthy!

PlumLeaf  on June 29th, 2012

For my family, Boxing Day = Turkey Congee for lunch.
With the left-over turkey carcass from the previous day’s roast along the wing tips and neck it makes a flavourful congee. Mum sprinkles salt on the carcass to cure slightly overnight. Excess salt is well rinsed before the turkey bones are simmered to create a stock before the rice is added.

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