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A Bowl of QI - Red Rice, Barley Congee with Mango & Coconut

Chef Norbert
In Chinese cuisine, rice congee is the food that adds the "QI" to your day, the belief is that the longer you cook the porridge the more "QI" or vital energy you generate.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5
Calories 371 kcal

Recommended Equipment

1 High Heat Spatula
1 Whisk
1 Dutch Oven, 5.5 qt


  • 1 cup rice red
  • 1/2 cup barley pearl
  • 1/4 cup cranberries dried
  • 7 cups water
  • 3 cups Pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice ground
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves ground
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup almonds slivered
  • 1/4 cup pepitas shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut flaked
  • 5 tsp molasses pommegranate


Cook rice and barley

  • Bring rice, barley, cranberries, water, and pomegranate juice to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours to 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a desired creamy consistency is reached, stirring occasionally.
    1 cup rice, 1/2 cup barley, 1/4 cup cranberries, 7 cups water, 3 cups Pomegranate

Mix spices

  • Meanwhile, mix all of the spices in a small bowl. Divide the spice mixture in half. Set aside.
    1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Ginger, 1/4 tsp Allspice, 1/8 tsp Cloves

Cook almonds, pepitas, and coconut

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small skillet on medium heat. Add almonds, pepitas, coconut, and half of the spice mixture; cook and stir until fragrant and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
    1 tbsp butter
  • Stir the remaining spice mixture and 1 tablespoon butter into the cooked rice congee.
    1 tbsp butter


  • spoon congee into serving bowls. Top each with the toasted coconut-nut mixture, mango, and yogurt. Drizzle with pomegranate molasses.


Serving: 8ounce | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate

Keyword Guest Chef, pomegranate
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