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Microwaved "Sekihan" azuki beans and rice

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Sekihan (Japanese: 赤飯), literally red rice, is a Japanese traditional dish. It is sticky rice steamed with azuki beans, which give a reddish color to the rice, hence its name.
Sekihan is often served on special occasions throughout the year in Japan, for example, birthdays, weddings and some holidays, such as Shichi-Go-San. Sekihan is so strongly connected with celebration that the phrase "Let's have sekihan" has acquired the meaning "Let's celebrate." It is believed that sekihan is used for celebrations because of its red color, symbolic of happiness in Japan. In some areas, it is made when a young woman has her menarche, suggesting another source of the tradition.
It is usually eaten immediately after cooking but it may also be eaten at room temperature, such as in a celebratory bento (boxed lunch). Sekihan is traditionally eaten with gomashio (a mixture of lightly toasted sesame and salt).
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Ingredients:
(Serves 4)

* 2 cups/ 400ml "Mochigome" glutinous rice
* 60g/ 2oz azuki beans
* 1+1/2 cups (300ml) water to boil azuki
* Roasted black sesame with salt

Preparation:

1. Put the azuki beans in a bowl and soak in ample water for 2-3 hours.

2. Wash the glutinous rice. Soak in water for about 30 minutes, and drain.

3. Put the azuki beans in a pan, and add 300ml fresh water. Place the pan over low heat and simmer beans until they are soft, but not completely cooked. (If the beans can be crushed with fingers, they are overcooked. Make sure some firmness remains.) Drain the azuki beans in a strainer, but keep cooking water in a bowl. Add more water until it measures 300ml. Set aside and cool.

4. Pour the azuki beans, glutinous rice and the mixed water in a glass bowl, or a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with a plastic wrap, and microwave on 600W for about 9 minutes.

5. Stir well and cover the bowl with wrap once again. Microwave on 600W for 3 more minutes. Serve on a serving plate and sprinkle roasted black sesame with salt.

By JS on Feb 5, 2011
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