Today we’ll be combining sweetness and warmth with a delicious cinnamon chestnut congee recipe! In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is very important and foods are considered medicinal. Foods have various qualities, and these qualities dictate what they can do to positively change the body. For example, foods have different flavors – sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, or salty – and each flavor has a certain action in the body. A sweet flavored food typically has a relaxing function in the body and can also nourish the body. A salty flavor is cleansing and astringing to the body. Along with flavors, foods are assigned a temperature – cold, cool, neutral, warm, and hot. Cold foods can cool the body and clean out toxins. Warm foods strengthen the digestive system and boost the qi of the body. 



Here is a simple and delicious recipe for cinnamon chestnut congee based on the cinnamon chestnut congee from Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen. This recipe in particular combines sweet flavors and a warm temperature.And what is congee? Congee is rice porridge and it is a staple in Chinese cuisine. It’s great because it is easy to digest and it can be made in a variety of ways. This recipe can be made for a nourishing tasty breakfast! 



For this recipe you will need-

6 fresh unshelled chestnuts    

1½ cup uncooked short grain rice   

4-5 cups water

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon




 Directions –  


  1. Boil chestnuts in a pot of water for ½ hour. Remove the chestnuts and cut them in half. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and chop it into 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. Combine the chestnut flesh, rice, salt, and water into a pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer at low heat, covered with the lid slightly ajar for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Stir occasionally, and add a little extra water if the congee is drying out.
  5. Add cinnamon and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  6. Enjoy!


Both the chestnuts and cinnamon are sweet and warm ingredients. The chestnuts will strengthen the digestive system, warm the body, and increase the body’s energy. The cinnamon will also elevate the body’s energy and help alleviate body pain. The sweetness and warmth relax the body so this congee can help with insomnia!






Author: Stephanie Jung