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Takikomi Rice


  • 2012/01/25

"Takikomi" Rice' -- 4 servings

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INGREDIENTS


2 cups Japanese rice
Half carrot
Half pack mushrooms
3 Tbls soya sauce
1 Tbls sake
1 Tbls mirin
405ml water or dashi; the amount to make 2 cups when combined with soya sauce, sake and mirin.
Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Wash the rice, and place it with water or dashi, soya sauce, sake, mirin, chopped carrot and chopped mushrooms into heavy-bottomed pot.
2. Cover the pot, and heat it over strong heat. After the pot starts to release steam, lower the flame (as low as you can), wait 15min. turn up the heat again for 30secs and then turn off. Wait 10mins without opening the pot.
3. Open the pot, mix gently and EAT!



Sometimes I feel like I want to eat takikomi rice until I die. But in the Scotland, I don't have rice cooker, so I used a pot. Of course, it was better than using a rice cooker!
"Takikomi" rice is a famous Japanese home food and also one way to get away from boring everyday white rice. It's like seasoned boiled rice.

For white rice, we should place rice into water and wait some hours to make it softer, but it will be harder if we do it for "takikomi" rice because of salt. So be careful!

You should use the heaviest pot to cook rice in this way. I'm using "LE CREUSET" which is not mine… This kind of cast iron pot is the best choice to simmer something on low heat!

Vegan Memo:
- Of course, you can use other vegetables. Root vegetables such as bamboo roots, lotus root, and burdock are all great if you can find them. Pumpkin and butternut squash are also good for takikomi rice.
- The last 30 sec of cooking is to make "okoge" which are the burned bits. It's the best bit of rice cooked in a pot, so please try it.
- You should not open the pan when you are cooking. It's a Japanese secret!
- The flavor improves with time so if you can wait, it will be more delicious.
- This time, I used rice called "sushi rice" which I got from Chinese supermarket.

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