SEKIHAN - SPECIAL BIRTHDAY RICE

I want to make a post of its own of the special rice Taeka-San prepared for Dante. It is called Sekihan which literally means Red Rice. It is a dish made by steaming rice with adzuki beans which makes the rice a bit red. In the old times Japanese rice was more reddish in color than it is today.

Toshi told us that they call adzuki beans 'red diamonds'.  Our sekihan also included chestnuts - a very special treat.

 Here is a story of how to make the Sekihan.

As always, start by reading the instructions. They are clear, n'est-ce pas? 

As always, start by reading the instructions. They are clear, n'est-ce pas? 

Aito and Lili got to help with starting the wood stove. Aito is already wearing his party clothes - note the groovy bow tie.  

Aito and Lili got to help with starting the wood stove. Aito is already wearing his party clothes - note the groovy bow tie.  

In goes the match. 

In goes the match. 

Then you use a special bamboo tube to blow air into the fire pit.  

Then you use a special bamboo tube to blow air into the fire pit.  

The rice has been washed and left to soak overnight. 

The rice has been washed and left to soak overnight. 

When the wood stove has become hot the water starts to boil. The rice will be placed above - not in - the water. 

When the wood stove has become hot the water starts to boil. The rice will be placed above - not in - the water. 

The beans have been mixed with the rice, which gets poured onto a cloth on a steamer dish.

The beans have been mixed with the rice, which gets poured onto a cloth on a steamer dish.

Then the whole dish gets wrapped into the cloth. 

Then the whole dish gets wrapped into the cloth. 

Put the lid on, and on the stove it goes! 

Put the lid on, and on the stove it goes! 

The steamer pot placed on top of the boiling water.

The steamer pot placed on top of the boiling water.

And the fabulous finished product - served with goma.  

And the fabulous finished product - served with goma.