Nutritional Facts of Rice Porridge, Calories in Rice Porridge

by Tarla Dalal
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Cooking Method
Indian Pressure Cooker

Cooking Method
Pressure Cooker Rice

How many calories does one cup of Rice Porridge have?

One cup of Rice Porridge gives 78 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 62 calories, proteins account for 6 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 10 calories. One cup of Rice Porridge provides about 4 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

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Upset tummy or sick with diarrhoea? We have got a perfect recipe which is super light on tummy and can be digested easily “rice porridge”. You can even cook quick Indian rice porridge when you are having a long and tiring day as this recipe uses minimum of ingredients and is super quick to make.

To make rice porridge, heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the rice, salt and 3 cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 5 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Whisk the mixture well and cook on a slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes or till a thick consistency is obtained. Serve pressure cooker rice porridge immediately

Light on the stomach and comforting to the taste buds, this Rice Porridge, mildly-flavoured with cumin seeds, is ideal when you are feeling tired or unwell. It helps soothe your senses and top up your energy levels, slowly bringing you back to normal.

When the rice is cooked till soft, rice porridge is easy to digest and quickly gives a lot of energy, which is very important for those with diarrhoea. Although we usually avoid ghee when the stomach is upset, a wee bit – as used in this rice porridge recipe – is okay as it gives a soothing flavour and a little more energy too.

Cumin seeds too is a magic ingredient as far as this home remedy is concerned, because it gives a comforting flavour and also helps set the tummy right!

Is Rice Porridge healthy?

Yes, this is healthy. But restrictions apply to some.

Let's understand the Ingredients.

What's good.

1. Rice : Here are the pros for rice. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which is an important source of energy for our body. Rice is low in fibre and therefore a good option for people suffering from diarrhoea. What's not good in rice. Foods like rice are high in Glycemic index are not suitable for weight loss, heart patients,  diabetics as they affect the blood sugar control levels. See details of is white rice and parboiled rice good for you?

What's not good in rice. Foods like rice are high in Glycemic index are not suitable for weight loss, heart patients,  diabetics as they affect the blood sugar control levels. However if rice is combined with high protein or high fibre foods, the glycemic load can be balanced. Thus its combo is a better choice as we have done in the recipe of panch dhan khichdi and toovar dal khichdiSee details of is white rice and parboiled rice good for you?

2. Ghee : Other than calories and fats, the only nutrients that ghee is rich in are the vitamins – all of which are fat-soluble. All the 3 vitamins (Vitamin AVitamin E and Vitamin K) are antioxidants which have a role in removing free radicals from the body and protecting our cell as well as help in maintaining skin health and glow. Ghee is an excellent, high-quality selection medium of cooking because of its high smoke point. As compared to most oils and butter, ghee can handle a smoke point of 230°C, 450°F, thus its less prone to oxidant and destruction of nutrients. Yes, ghee does contain cholesterol, but some amount of cholesterol is needed by the body. Cholesterol has some functions to play too. It is necessary for hormone production, brain function, cell health and lubricating the joints. It is, in reality, a high quality fat for the body and brain. Ghee is loaded with fats but that’s medium chain fatty acids (MCT) which aid in weight loss. Ghee is healthy for daibetics in small amounts. Learn to easily make your ghee at home which is free of preservatives. See benefits of ghee

3. Benefits of Cumin Seeds ( jeera) : The most common benefit of jeera known to many is to soothe the stomach, intestine and the entire digestive tract. Cumin seeds are apparently a very good source of iron. A tbsp. of cumin seeds can fulfil nearly 20% of days iron requirement. Even small quantity of cumin seeds has huge amounts of calcium ( see calcium rich Indian foods ) – a bone supporting mineral. They aid is digestion, weight loss and help reduce inflammation. See detailed benefits of cumin seeds, jeera

Note : 1 cup = 200 ml (standard cup available in the market). The weight in grams varies for each ingredient.

Can diabetics, heart patients and over weight individuals have Rice Porridge?

Diabetics and weight watchers should prefer avoiding this rice porridge as rice might lead to a spike in blood sugar levels. Heart patients can enjoy a small portion occasionally. A more healthier option is to opt for brown rice khichdi and curd brown rice.

Brown Rice Khichdi, Healthy Lentil Brown Rice Khichadi

Brown Rice Khichdi, Healthy Lentil Brown Rice Khichadi

Can healthy individuals have Rice Porridge?

Yes, healthy individuals can have rice porridge. The best way would be balance with a bowl of fibre rich salad. It is also a wise choice for diarrhea.

How to burn 78 calories that come from Rice Porridge?

Walking (6 kmph) = 23 mins

Running (11 kmph) = 8 mins

Cycling (30 kmph) = 10 mins          

Swimming (2 kmph) = 13 mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per cup% Daily Values
Energy78 cal4%
Protein1.4 g3%
Carbohydrates15.6 g5%
Fiber0.8 g3%
Fat1.1 g2%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Vitamin A9 mcg0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0 mg0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.4 mg3%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)1.6 mcg1%
Calcium2 mg0%
Iron0.1 mg0%
Magnesium18 mg5%
Phosphorus32 mg5%
Sodium1.4 mg0%
Potassium15.4 mg0%
Zinc0.3 mg3%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Rice Porridge
 on 19 Jul 21 01:09 PM

Hi I came across your page, very interesting... Im going to try this porridge soon, just wondering whats the calorie difference between steam rice and rice porridge, assuming taking the same amount to make both, what makes the difference in the calorie and nutrient? thanks
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you for your feedback. Please try the recipe and share your comments with us. Here is the calorie count for cooked rice for comparison.
20 Jul 21 03:33 PM
Rice Porridge
 on 12 Mar 21 05:47 PM

I am a dietetics student and was searching recipes for diarrhea condition, found your page which gave me immense knowledge about the recipes, food ingredients also how they help to combat the diarrhoea.. Thank you so much..
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the feedback !!! Keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
13 Mar 21 01:26 PM