Porridge of the Gods  

Porridge, a kind of food that can comfort people’s hearts, can help clear dryness and moisten the lungs. Chinese people may love porridge because of the serenity and tender feelings one has when eating it. When making porridge, pears, radishes and sesame seeds can also be added, which can strengthen its effect of moistening the lungs. The following are five kinds of nourishing porridge recommended by the doctors:

Porridge with Pears Ingredients: 2 pears; 100g of polished round-grained rice Recipe: Wash the pears and cut them into pieces. Add the rice and a proper amount of water. Boil them. Benefits: Pears are good for moistening dryness. They are a common health food in autumn.

Chestnut Porridge Ingredients: 50g of chestnuts; 100g of polished round-grained rice Recipe: Boil the rice and chestnuts with water together. Benefits: Chestnuts are helpful for nourishing the stomach, tonifying the spleen and kidney, and invigorating the circulation of blood. They are especially good for elderly people who have aching legs and arthralgia.

Sesame Porridge Ingredients: 50g of sesame seeds; 100g of polished round-grained rice Recipe: Stir-heat the sesame seeds first and then grind them. Cook the rice. Stir the ground-up sesame seeds with the rice. Benefits: This porridge is good for constipation, coughs and dizziness.

Carrot Porridge Recipe: Stir carrots with vegetable oil. Add 100g of polished round-grained rice and water. Boil them. Benefits: Carrots contain rich carotene, which can be transformed into Vitamin A by the wonders of the human body. This porridge is suitable for people whose skin and lips are dry.

Chrysanthemum Porridge Ingredients: 60g of chrysanthemums; 100g of polished round-grained rice Recipe: Make soup with chrysanthemums first. Then boil the rice with the soup to make porridge. Benefits: Chrysanthemums have the effects of dispelling wind-heat, liver heat and improving eyesight. Thus this porridge can be helpful for curing colds, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Source: Weather China Website

Translated by Chen Yanqiu

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