Sunday, March 24, 2013

Making Baby Food: Rice Porridge with Broccoli and Beef

I tried to use a little bit of broccoli as vegetable variation in my baby's rice porridge yesterday. Broccoli is undoubtedly a super food among super foods but I must say that it does smell pretty funky when processed as baby food.

Anyhow, although it's pretty smelly when cooked in my baby's rice porridge, I was surprised to learn that my baby apparently had no problem with its smell and still opened her mouth widely whenever I offered her this porridge.

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Rice Porridge with Broccoli and Beef
Suitable for babies aged 6 months old ++


  • 1/4 cup of (organic) rice, well rinsed
  • 3-5 (organic) broccoli florets, soaked with cool water mixed with a bit salt then cleanly washed 
  • 5-6 small chunks of (organic) beef/diced beef, cleanly washed
  • Water


  1. Remove broccoli stems and chops its florets finely.
  2. In a pan, pour rice, chopped broccoli florets and beef chunks together. Add lots of water into the pan and cook the porridge in small-medium fire for about 15 minutes. Occasionally stir the porridge and add more water. Keep cooking this porridge for another 20-30 minutes until congee's consistency is achieved (rice turns soft and breaks down).
  3. Before serving this congee to baby, take few spoons of the congee (rice and broccoli) and place them in a blender or run them in a strainer. 
  4. Feed the cereal-like rice porridge to baby when it's not too hot.

Naomi's first soft rice porridge with broccoli and beef.

Need more tips in using broccoli as baby food? Read more about it here. If you are not sure about the range of vegetables that you can begin to introduce to your little foodie, it's worth talking to your paediatrician first.


  1. hello - just chanced upon your website. i cant cook the broccoli porridge like yours.. its either too watery after blending or its still not mushy enough for my 6 months old baby. how do you cook that? i use boiling water to run thru the broccoli before i put to steam - is that fine? sorry i am a new mother and cooking is not my forte!

    1. Maybe you need to cook it a bit longer so the porridge texture is not too watery? Or did you cook the porridge with too much water?

      No need to blanch the broccoli before adding it to the porridge. I don't steam the porridge either. I cook it in a pot or use a rice cooker to make the porridge. Just pour the chopped broccoli florets and stir them into the porridge when you see that the porridge is about to be done, so the veg colour is still nice and green plus vitamins won't be lost.


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