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.

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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.

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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.

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

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