I’m having gastritis… again…
These last 3 days I felt nauseous because of my period pain. I only ate a little food but I took the same amount of supplements and I took painkillers for about 2-3 pills per day. It might be a bit too much for my stomach. I felt burning sensation every time I eat any food. Extra Virgin Olive Oil helped to ease the stomach irritation but I know I need to help the healing process faster by eating a soft and bland food.
I wanted to eat a different kind of porridge than what I usually make. Something that tastes more Indonesian, something that just likes “Bubur Merah Putih” or Red White Porridge (It’s practically a sweet coconut milk and white rice porridge, the sweetness is from coconut sugar).
The first step was, I need to make sure the ingredients won’t irritate my stomach furthermore.
According to gastritis.club, coconut milk has an approximate PH of 6.55, it means it is not very acidic and close to neutral. So, it should be safe for people with gastritis or acid reflux symptoms. It also contains fiber that according to livestrong.com, it might improve gastritis.
According to gastritis.club, white rice has an approximate PH of 6.35, so it’s safe! I can’t find the PH level of black rice in this site, but I assume it’s about the same 😀 Rice is a source of fiber, so we are good!
Pandan leaves is very common to use in South Asian cooking. In Indonesia, we use it as ingredients for porridges, desserts, soups, and many other cooking recipes and also as a natural food coloring. This leave is very fragrant, that’s why we use it a lot on dessert recipes.
I can’t find information that relates pandan leaves to gastritis, but I found information about the health benefits of this leave, from lowering blood pressure, helps in controlling blood sugar, pains and cramps reliever (Whatttt??? How could I don’t know about it?!), natural mosquito&roaches repellant, rich in nourishing essential oils (glycosides, alkaloids, traces of tannin and isoprene esters), help with gout problem, anti-carcinogenic properties, used for skin and hair health, and boost our appetite (source). Well, sounds good enough for me!
Salt is included in a list of food to avoid in gastritis, so I will only use a little to taste.
All ingredients sound okay for gastritis, so I made my first trial of this porridge this morning and it turned out good. My stomach didn’t feel irritated after I ate it, yay!
Please leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know, how do you like this recipe and whether it’s irritating your stomach or not. I hope y’all like it!
Coconut Milk – Black&White Rice Porridge
Serves: 2 – Cooking time: 7.5 hours
1/4 cup of black rice 1/4 cup of white rice 1 cup of thick coconut milk 3 cups of mineral water 1 piece of pandan leave 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- Clean the rice from possible debris/rocks. Soak the black and white rice in a good water (mineral water) for 7 hours (or overnight)
- After 7 hours, rinse the rice and then set aside
- In a medium pot. Heat 3 cups of water over a medium-high heat, when it’s boiling add the black&white rice, bring to boil for about 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, stir the water rice mixtures, add the pandan leaves, coconut milk, and sea salt. Let it boil for about 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, the mixture should appear thicker and porridge-like. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes. Make sure there is no burnt rice on the bottom of the pot.
- Turn of the heat, take out the pandan leaves, serve warm.