Easy creamy Rice Water Porridge from Ghana
Call it what you may, rice pudding, rice porridge or even congee. In Ghana there is only one name for it and that name is rice water. Perhaps the perfect description for a hearty meal that has only two ingredients in its basic form. Rice and Water. Growing up, rice water porridge was a favourite as a breakfast meal. My generation had the privilege of having our rice water with the ubiquitous evaporated milk with plenty of sugar which gave rice water a very creamy and rich flavour.
Ghana’s rice water is somewhat unique in its preparation. The rice, regardless of which variety is used, is often mushed a little by pressing the grains against the sides of the pot to break them down. Unlike an average Western type rice pudding, Ghana’s rice water is more watery. Like The famous Tom Brown porridge rice water is especially beloved by the young and elderly and most like me who don’t fall into either category. It is indeed a special breakfast which may have been birthed out of need. A small amount of rice when made into rice water feeds more mouths at less cost than the typical Ghanaian rice staple of rice and stew. It’s not uncommon to prepare rice water with one part rice to ten parts water, flavoring the porridge with whatever remains in the pantry, essentially feeding a family with a cup of rice.
Ghana is now an economically strong country with a culinary culture that is making waves globally. Rice water porridge is now being jazzed up, integrated and fused with toppings that have their roots from both across Africa and outside Africa. On the breakfast recipe section, we share some of our creative ways in which you can add fruits, nuts, seeds, honey and syrups as well as spices such as cinnamon, cocoa powder and vanilla to your rice water porridge.
In the meantime the link below provides the foundational recipe on how you can make your own basic and traditional Ghana rice water porridge.
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