Black Rice, Barley & Flax Seeds Congee Recipe

With the morning rush we always prefer to have some dish which can be cooked faster and at the same time it should be healthier too. Cooking Black rice consumes a lot of time as we need to soak them for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours. However, black rice congee is one recipe which can be cooked very fast if the congee powder is prepared in advance. This soup or congee is a combination of black rice, barley, flax seeds roasted and powdered coarsely and cooked along with tossed garlic & spinach. Black rice or forbidden rice contains the lowest number of calories among other rice varieties but has a high amount of nutrients. Barley on the other hand is good for intestine. Flax seeds is high in omega3. Combining all these 3 together into a single dish is beneficial for all age groups. We generally take this soup at least weekly twice as morning breakfast or during dinner. The soup is light and filling for a long time.  Black Rice, Barley (seeds), Flax seeds, Congee powder, Spinach Leaves (Palak), Rasam Powder, Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Water   For the congee powder 1-1/2 cup Black Rice 1 cup Barley (seeds) 2 teaspoons Flax seeds For the congee 1/4 cup Congee powder 1/3 cup Spinach Leaves (Palak) , chopped 1/2 teaspoon Rasam Powder 1 tablespoon Garlic , chopped 1-1/2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1-1/2 cups Water     20   20     To begin making the Black Rice, Barley & Flax Seeds Congee recipe, first lets prepare the congee powder.Dry roast in the following order starting with barley, black rice and flax seeds. A nice aroma comes after each one of them is roasted. Let it cool.Grind them into a coarse powder using a mixer grinder and store them in an air tight container.The next step is to prepare the congee. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan.Add garlic and let it cook for a minute. Add spinach and let it cook completely.Once the spinach is cooked add water, salt and let it boil completely.Add congee powder and rasam powder and stir it until both the powders are mixed nicely. Let it cook until the soup is thickened.Once it is done, switch off the stove and serve hot. Serve Black Rice, Barley & Flax Seeds Congee for a weekday dinner along with Garlic Bread and Savory melon Salad or you can serve it on its own for a healthy breakfast.