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  • Writer's pictureYvette Francis

Rice For Breakfast?

Not processed rice cereal of course! But homemade good old rice porridge… a favourite of mine since childhood.

This morning I treated myself to this long-time comfort food that I enjoyed so much while growing up. A simple easy recipe that tastes so yummy!


  • 3/8 cup basmati rice (you may also use jasmine rice)

  • about 2 cups water

  • 1 cinnamon stick (you may also use cardamom if that’s your preference)

  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (I used fresh pasteurised goat’s milk)

  • sweetener of your choice, to taste

  • fresh fruit of your choice for topping (I used blueberries and banana today)


  • Measure your rice into a bowl

  • Rinse just once (we want to retain some of the starch to give our porridge more body)

  • Cover rice with tap water and leave to soak for at least 20 minutes (this softens the grains for quicker cooking)

  • Measure water into a pot (I always use stainless steel - it’s the safer choice)

  • Drop your cinnamon stick or cardamom pods into the water

  • Bring water to a boil

  • Drain your soaked rice and add it to the boiling water

  • Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes (the rice should be soft and most of the water cooked away)

  • Remove the cinnamon stick

  • Add milk and bring to the boil

  • Lower heat and cook until porridge thickens (you will need to stir frequently to avoid sticking)

  • Remove from the stove and add your sweetener

  • Spoon porridge into a bowl, top with fruit and savour that taste!

Wishing you a fun and beautiful Saturday!



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