Saturday 1 April 2006

Mixed Vegetables And Walnut Porridge

Tried making this porridge twice by adding different ingredients such as minced pork, carrot, potato and walnut to cook with the mixture of Rice Grain (白米) and Yellow Millet (黄小米). And for this meatless recipe, I have added more vegetables to make it a healthier and nutritious porridge for young children. Although the most time consuming part is to remove the skin from the dry walnut but when seeing how much my boy loves the porridge I think it is worth the effort.

1 Packet Walnut, about 350g

1. Soak walnut in water for about 15-20 minutes then slowly break it up into to parts and use a toothpick to remove the outer layer skin.
2. Rinse walnut with water then you can either leave in to dry under the sun or you roast it on a non-stick pan until slightly golden brown.
3. Leave it to cool before putting them in container and store it in the fridge for further use.

Millet contains more calories than wheat, probably because of it’s higher oil content of 4.2% which is 50% polyunsaturated plus they are rich in B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc copper and manganese. And when it comes to health benefits, walnuts definitely are not a hard nut to crack. This delicious nut is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, a special type of protective fat the body cannot manufacture. On top of that walnuts also contain an antioxidant compound that supports the immune system and appears to have several anticancer properties. So for today's porridge, I used the following:

1/2 Cup Rice
1/4 Cup Yellow Millet (黄小米)
1/4 Cup Crushed Yellow Corn (黄玉米羹)
1 Carrot, dice into small cubes
1 Potato, dice into small cubes
1/2 Orange Sweet Potato, dice into small cubes
1/2 Japanese Sweet Potato, dice into small cubes
1/2 Cai Xin Hua Stem, dice into small cubes
1 Handful of Dried Walnuts

1. Rinse and soak the rice, yellow millet and crushed yellow corn in suitable among of water for cooking porridge for about 1 hour.
2. Bring the water to boil then add in all the vegetables and walnuts then simmer over low heat until all the vegetables and rice are cook through.
3. You can season it with some sea salt or stock cube to enhance the flavour.

- It's a very nutritious porridge and you can add in any other ingredients as you prefer like: chicken, fish or pork.

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