That feeling you get when you just want to hide in the shade. The sun is so strong that it is “biting” into your skin. You know that summer is coming.
Right here in Singapore, we do not have any seasons. We only have one and only summer. So how do we stay alive in this heat?
- Air-conditioning and shopping malls
- the food we eat
At times, when the heat is so strong and I do not feel like eating any rice or solid meals, porridge is what I go for. Here are 3 porridge recipes that we think you will love in this “heaty” city.
Also to note that we need some Chinese TCM herbs into the preparation. These herbs are help keep our body “cooler” in the hot weather.
- White and Golden Dew Porridge (白露黄金粥)
- Lily Bulb and Green Bean Porridge (百合绿豆粥)
- Lotus and Red Date Porridge (百合莲子大枣粥)
1. White and Golden Dew Porridge (白露黄金粥)
Pumpkin, Red Dates, and Goji Berries mixed together and boiled makes a sweet, soft and nutritious porridge.
- Pumpkin contains much potassium and that give us a positive effect on our blood pressure. Also the antioxidants in it can help us prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
- The red-dates are to give that touch of sweetness.
- Goji Berries? they itself is a form of super food with lots of goodness but please be aware that if you are using warfarin or are breastfeeding. Please avoid Goji Berries.
- Millet 20g,
- Rice 20g,
- Corn 20g,
- Pumpkin 200g
- 4 Red Dates
- Handful of Goji Berries
- Cooking Instructions:
- First cut the pumpkin into pieces.
- Pour water into the pot and rinse the rice and millet.
- Boil water, place the red dates, Corn and Pumpkin into the water for 30 mins.
- Then add some Goji berries, boil for one minute, pour into a bowl and eat.
Tip: This porridge is actually very good for your spleen.
2. Lily Bulb and Green Bean Porridge (百合绿豆粥)
This porridge is super useful in preventing heatstroke. You might not know but Green beans are well known as a diuretic substance that can replenish and hydrate your body minerals. This porridge can be prepared for someone who’s gotten fever or when one has high blood pressure.
- Mung Bean 50g
- Rice 50g
- Red Rice30g
- Dried Lily bulbs 15g
- Sago 30g
- Sugar (as needed but we try to avoid it)
- We also tried with a touch of salt too, it taste pretty good but it is an acquired taste. Great for people who are into savoury food.
- Prepare all the ingredients.
- Soak all the grains (rice/red rice/dried Lily bulbs etc) in water for 30 mins. (very important, otherwise the Lily bulbs takes a long time to be ready)
- The dried lily bulbs should be soaked until soft and pliable.
- Then add sugar / salt (as needed).
- Fill pot with water
- Covered over it and wait
- Takes around 30-45 mins
In case you like to know about lily bulbs, they are a starchy, root vegetable that comes from the Lilium flowering plant family. It is used fresh as a vegetable in Chinese stir-frys or dried as a herbal remedy in Chinese medicine. In TCM, it is considered to be sweet and cooling in properties. The herb is also associated to the lung and heart meridians and help to relieve coughs, dry throats, clear heat, and moisten the lung.
3. Lotus and Red Date Porridge (百合莲子大枣粥)
People can have sleepless nights because of the summer heat. This lotus and red date porridge can help those that suffer it.
In TCM, lotus seeds are use to treat people with sleeping disorders such as insomnia. They are also known to be effective in alleviating restlessness. This is due to the natural sedative and calming effects of the seeds.
As for red dates, they themselves have tons of goodness. In particular, red dates help to stimulate the production of white blood cells – which improves immunity and protects the liver. It is also believed that they help suppress cancer-causing cells and reduce cholesterol. (Well, we add in red-dates for the taste, not exactly for the cancer effect)
- Lily Bulbs 40g
- Lotus Seeds 15g
- Red Dates 20g
- glutinous rice 40g,
- rice 60g
- Goji Berry 10g
- You will need to soak the lily bulbs that night before and let it drip dry the next day. This is a bit troublesome, I know 😀
- Have the red-dates in warm water for 10 minutes. This makes them easier to clean.
- The same is true for goji berries, 10 minutes and clean.
- Prepare the Lotus Seeds, Glutinous Rice and Rice.
- Wash the Lily Bulbs, Red Date, Lotus Seed, Glutinous Rice and Rice and have them in a rice cook.
- Add the desired level of water, the more water you have the less “stachy” the porridge.
- Stir evenly while its hot.
- Goji berries are to be added last
- Lotus seeds taste a little bitter but they have a soothing effect on one’s nerves so it is best to keep them. There is a Chinese idiom about bitterness, that is “good medicine tastes bitter” (良藥苦口)
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