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Recipes, Winter Recipes

Rice porridge makes a great gluten free alternative to oatmeal and is just as nourishing and sustaining.   Serves 4 | Prep time: 1.5 hrs (+ overnight soaking) | Cooking time: 10 mins

3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice (1 cup uncooked)
3 cups oat or any plant based milk 200ml coconut cream/milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 -2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cacao or carob Small pinch salt

Additional extras/toppings:
More creamed coconut if you like it creamy Nuts, soaked Seeds, toasted Raisins, dates, cranberries or apricots, soaked Dates, chopped

To cook the short-grain brown rice soak it for at least an hour but ideally overnight. Then put 1 cup of rice and 1¾ cups of water in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the lid on for a further 10 minutes. (You can do this the day before and store in the fridge.) Combine the cooked rice with the milk, coconut milk/cream, maple syrup and spices. Bring to the boil and then simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, until the rice is soft and creamy. Add more liquid if needed. Add the toppings of your choice and enjoy.

P – A good food for people with a strong digestion. Brown rice is more ‘heating’ than white but the coconut helps balance this out. Avoid apricots as a topping
V – Some Vata digestions struggle with brown rice so soaking is extra important, and watch the por-tion size
K – A good winter dish to keep you full and prevent snacking!


Short grain brown rice is denser and sticker than long grain or basmati brown rice. Personally I think it is far superior and makes a great textured porridge—long grain is not a good substitute. It is a little more difficult to get hold of but most health food shops stock it.

Although technically more nutritious than white rice, higher in fiber and protein, and is packed with minerals and micro-nutrients including manganese, magnesium and selenium all brown rice needs to be well soaked to allow the body to access these benefits.