Monday, February 13, 2012

Sick Day Porridge


My son  loves this  and its my  life saver porridge as he would woyld it down  even he is having a sick day with no appetite.  It has  three of his favorite things, rice, canned tuna and sweet corn.
My mum makes a plain rice porridge which is a traditional Maldivian recipe but I added the tuna and sweetcorn for more  flavour and nutrients. Give it a try next time your child gets a sick day. The pandan leaf is essential as it gives a  delicate sweet perfume and taste. I tried it using chicken stock but he didnt seem to like it as much as this one.

Recipe: Sick day porridge, my own concotion
For 1 child

1/4 cup rice
500ml water
handful sweetcorn , fresh , frozen or canned ( or anyother  vegetable your child likes)
hand ful  canned tuna , flaked  or some shredded cooked chicken
1 pandan leaf, cut into big pieces
pinch of salt
1/4 piece lime ( or cheek slice of lime)

1. Wash rice in several changes of water till water runs clear. Soak  in water for 1-2 hours. Drain and  give a few good squeezes with your finger tips to break the rice up. If you have time you can sun dry the grains and store the rice grains in  an air tight bottle till required.

2. Heat a small saucepan with salt and pandan leaf till it comes to a boil. Bring heat down to a simmer and add the rice. Give a stir, and simmer till the rice is cooked.  Half way through  stir in sweetcorn. 

3. Switch off once the rice and sweetcorn are cooked through. Dont let the water evaporate, there should be some water left in , a slightly thinner consistency than regular porridge.

4. Finally flake in your tuna or chicken and squeeze in the lime just before serving.  Serve warm.



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