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Rice Porridge (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

Rice porridge is an important dish for Japanese. We have the dish when we are sick, when we have no appetite, or when we want to heal the stomach after overeating such as after new year celebrations.

Rice porridge is easy to cook (just put washed dried rice and water in a pan and cook!) and you can season it however you want. We usually eat it with salt or pickles. You can also put sugar and butter like oatmeal or cereal.


{Ingredients (Serves 2)}
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・1 cup Premium Rice, Medium Grain

・7 cups water

・1 teaspoon chopped Green Onion (as topping)

・1 Umeboshi (pickled plum) (as topping)


Here is my recipe in PDF: Rice Porridge


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Seasoned Rice with Vegetables (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

Today I introduce you to Takikomi Gohan which is seasoned rice with vegetables. It has a similar taste to fried rice, but it is steamed so a lot healthier. You can add vegetables (preferably root vegetables), shellfish, and/or chicken, and seasoning to the rice and cook just like cooking white rice.

The basic arrangement for many Japanese meals is called “Ichi-juu, San-sai”, and consists of one bowl of cooked rice, one kind of soup, and three vegetable or fish side dishes. Takikomi Gohan includes rice and some vegetables or fish so it is a fuss-free dish to help arrange Ichi-jiru, San-sai. And, or course, it just plain delicious! Also steamed rice absorbs the Umami of the ingredients so it is very nutritious and delicious!!

We sometimes have Takikomi Gohan as a Bento (boxed lunch) because it is tasty even when it is cold.

This time I use Shiitake mushroom, Daikon, Carrot and Snow pea with Kelp Dashi stock. So it has lots of vitamins, minerals, carotene and fucoidan. Dried Shiitake mushroom has vitamin D so we might want to eat winter time which has short sunshine hours.


{Ingredients (for 2 people)}
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・2 cups Premium Rice, Medium Grain

・3 pieces Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

・1 cup Water (leftover from soaking Shiitake)

・1 ½ cups Tap Water (Depends on amount of rice being soaked)

・2 inches round, sliced Daikon (Japanese white radish)

・1 Carrot

・10 pieces Snow peas

・4 inches × 4 inches sheet of Dashi Dried Kelp

・4 tablespoons Cooking Sake

・4 tablespoons Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

・4 tablespoons Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Wine


Here is my recipe in PDF: Seasoned Rice


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Gomoku-Chirashi (Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

Gomoku-Chirashi is a traditional Japanese home dish which is delicious and nutritious, and a kind of Chirashi-sushi. We enjoy it at parties with family at home, such as on New Year and Girl’s day (March 3rd).

The recipe here does not use fish or fish roe, but rather vegetables. We think dishes should have colorful ingredients such as red, green, yellow, brown and white so you can use any colorful vegetables you want.

Before the Japanese had refrigerators they used this recipe to preserve food.


{Ingredients for Sushi-Rice (For 2 people)}
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・2 ½ cups Cooked rice

・75 ml Rice Vinegar

・2 tablespoons Sugar

・1 ½ teaspoons Salt

{Ingredients for Gomoku-Chirashi}

・4 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

・150ml Water (leftover from soaking Shiitake)

・1 Carrot

・2 Eggs

・2 tablespoons White Roasted Sesame Seeds

・1 tablespoon Dried Seaweed Flakes

・2 tablespoons Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

・2 tablespoons Sugar

・1 tablespoon Cooking Sake

・1/2 teaspoon Salt


Here is my recipe in PDF: Gomoku-Chirashi


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Making Japanese Rice at Home (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

I decided to do my first post on one of the most important ingredients in many Japanese dishes, Japanese rice. If you have a very good rice cooker you can skip this post and move onto the next recipe, but for anyone without a very good rice cooker this recipe should be helpful. Click on the link below for the illustrated recipe in PDF format.


{Ingredients}

Short Grain Dried Rice

Water


Here is my recipe in PDF: White Rice