Nanakusa-gayu: rice porridge with 7 herbs

It’s January 7. The day to eat ‘nanakusa-gayu’, rice porridge with 7 herbs, praying for good health.


The seven herbs are: water dropwort, shepherd’s purse, cudweed, chickweed, nipplewort, turnip and radish. You can easily get an assortment of herbs at stores in East Japan.


The recipe is quite simple. – Cook rice with five times the amount of water to rice.  Boil and cut the herbs to add into the porridge. Serve with salt or soy sauce.


What to add in the porridge varies depending on the region. How about making the international version of ‘nanakusa-gayu’ today?


One thought on “Nanakusa-gayu: rice porridge with 7 herbs”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s