Friday, June 23, 2017

How to Cook Sekihan, Traditional Japanese Red Steamed Rice with Azuki Beans

     Today, I cooked sekihan (赤飯), traditional Japanese red steamed rice with azuki beans, for my first time, and it turned out good! It had delicious azuki aroma. :) 
      When I was a child, my grandmother sometimes cooked sekihan in honor of some occasion such as our family members' birthdays and New Year's Days. :) Last week, when my husband and I went to our local Japanese supermarket, I found this pack of red beans, azuki, so I finally decided to make sekihan for my first time. Actually, it was easy than I thought. :) Today, I'm going to share how to cook sekihan with you.
Japanese Red Beans, Azuki
Ingredients (8 Servings)
4 Go of Sweet Rice
2 oz of Japanese Red Beans, Azuki
30 fl oz of Water
Nip of Baking Soda
Nip of Salt
Black Sesame Seeds (Optional)
Japanese Red Beans, Azuki

1. Rinse sweet rice. Then put it in the bowl of your rice cooker.

2. Rinse red beans. Pour water into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Add baking soda and red beans in it. Simmer it for 30 minutes.

3. Take out the beans. (You will also use red bean water for the next step.)

Put a damp paper towel over beans to prevent water evaporation.

4. Chill the red bean water.

5. Add red bean water to the sweet rice water level in the bowl of the rice cooker. (It might be around 24 fl oz). 

6. Select "Sweet Rice" and start cooking.

7. When rice is cooked, finally add the boiled red beans. Then, toss steamed rice and red beans.

8. Serve in a bowl. Sprinkle salt and black sesame seeds according to your taste.

9. Enjoy!

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