Recipe: Oats Congee


Priyam’s Kitchen for Kids has a new recipe for you to try. This week she is sharing with our readers how to make oats congee which can be served to the entire family, with babies as young as 8 months old.


By Priyam Sachdev


Today’s recipe is to please mothers of babies as young as 8 months old. I had a couple of request last week for recipes to introduce solids. I bring to you a hale and hearty dish – the oats congee.

Congee is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of something healthy to feed my babies. Asian mothers love congee. It’s simple, quick and healthy. To make it even healthier, I will be using oats instead of plain rice to add fiber to the already energetic dish. Congee is also a great food choice to feed kids (and adults) when they have a stomach bug or common flu. In addition, it’s a great option for breakfast as it keeps a tummy full for longer.

For these many reasons, you must have it in your recipe book. To begin we must prepare a good stock – for this is what can truly make or break a dish.


What you will need:

  • ½ liter water
  • 2-3 small pork bones (at the supermarket I specifically ask for soup bones – กระดูกหมู)
  • 300 gms cabbage (chopped into big chunks)
  • ½ carrot (chopped into 2 halves)
  • 1 red/white onion (chopped into 4 halves)
  • ¼ winter melon – ฟักเขียว (chopped into 4 halves)
  • 1 coriander root
  • 2 celery branches

How to:

A good stock really depends on the time you allow the vegetables and bones to sweat their juices. What vegetables you use is entirely up to you. Add anything you have at hand. Avoid tomatoes as they release a red color and an oily substance to the stock. Prepare a good amount of stock and store in small food containers for later use.

  1. In a large pan of water, add the pork/chicken bones and bring to boil.
  2. Skim off any foam that comes on the top of the pan.
  3. Add in the vegetables and simmer for 2 hours.



What you will need: 

  • 1 ½ cup instant oats (non flavored)
  • 2 cups pork stock
  • ½ cup chicken breast (sliced into thin strips )
  • 1 tsp ginger (finely chopped or sliced) – optional
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped or crushed)
  • 1 tsp spring onions (finely chopped)
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Remember to adjust the bite sizes as according to your child’s age
*7-8 months, use a colander to mash the food to almost a pureed form. 9-12 months, use a spoon/fork to mash the food roughly.

How to:

  1. Bring the stock to a boil in a small pan, add the chicken strips. Let this cook for 3 minutes. (Strain out a few pieces of chicken strips for decoration if you like).
  2. Add in the oats, stir well. Cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  3. In another small pan, sauté the ginger and garlic in the vegetable oil until golden brown. Turn off heat.
  4. Pour the oats into a serving bowl, followed by ginger and garlic with oil.
  5. Season with pepper and salt. Mix well.
  6. Garnish with chicken strips and spring onions.


Enjoy!!! Serving size:2.

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