Chestnut rice

Japan
January 29, 2016 4:20am CST
I like pretty much any kind of rice, so yesterday I made rice cooked with hulled roasted chestnuts, "kuri", so it is called "kuri-gohan." It is very popular in Japan. Most people add konbu (a kind of seaweed) or soy sauce as well as chestnuts. I usually add konbu but didn't have any, so I just cooked the rice with chestnuts. It was really good! The chestnuts added a delicate richness to the rice. Also, they're good for you! Do you have any special ways you like to cook rice?
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@LadyDuck (126360)
• Switzerland
29 Jan 16
Same as @owlwings, my favorite ways of cooking rice is risotto and Spanish paella, but I also appreciate pilau rice to serve with curries. In summer I also make a rice salad, boiled rice, shrimps, and vegetables cooked and marinated in olive oil.
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@owlwings (38276)
• Cambridge, England
29 Jan 16
My favourite ways of eating rice are as a paella or as a risotto. I also like both plain and pilau rice with Indian dishes. Occasionally I cook rice with some kind of small bean or lentil. Both rice and the smaller pulses take about the same time to cook, so it is convenient to boil them together. I have seen recipes for a (cold) salad of rice, roasted chestnuts and dried cranberries or apricots which look interesting and colourful but I am not a big fan of rice salads.
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@salonga (28073)
• Philippines
30 Jan 16
This is really new to me. Unfortunately even if I want to try it, chestnuts are not easily available in our country.
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
Chestnuts are good in cold weather, not so great in hot. Maybe that's why.
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@salonga (28073)
• Philippines
1 Feb 16
@petatonicsca Right, so we see them only during Christmas.
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• United States
30 Jan 16
I never added anything to rice except soy sauce. Or like fried rice. I am missing out!
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
Aw, come on, live dangerously.
@Ladypeace (2074)
• Singapore
29 Jan 16
We add kuri to our chinese rice dumplings too and they are amazing. My mom cooks a tasty rice dish called nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, pandan leaf and ginger). It goes well with meat curries and sambal chilli sauce. Photo: My nasi lemak with beef rendang take out
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• Japan
29 Jan 16
Oooooh, coconut milk! My friend whose husband just started an Indian restaurant recommended that and I tried it. Fantastic. But it was made with long grain Basmati rice. I wonder how it would be with Japanese, short grain pearl rice. (Probably fantastic.)
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@softbabe44 (5950)
• Vancouver, Washington
30 Jan 16
Sounds very yummy.
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• United States
29 Jan 16
I generally add some vegetables steaming it with a beef, chicken or vegetable stock !
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@marlina (64792)
• Canada
29 Jan 16
Not a big fan of rice, I prefer potatoes and noodles.
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@TRBRocks420 (64351)
• Banks, Oregon
29 Jan 16
I love pork fried rice or chicken stir fry.
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@amnabas (9987)
• Karachi, Pakistan
29 Jan 16
I cook here with Cuminseed fried in oil with green peppers and then we cook rice with water and simmer it until water dries.
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• Japan
29 Jan 16
That sounds good. Sometimes I put turmeric in my rice.
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@owlwings (38276)
• Cambridge, England
29 Jan 16
@petatonicsca If I am doing plain boiled rice, I will use two or three cardamom pods or a bay leaf.
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• United States
29 Jan 16
Ah the turmeric is so helpful for any inflammation in the body ! @petatonicsca
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@Drosophila (16804)
• Ireland
29 Jan 16
that sounds NICE! I love sashimi don.. tuna & salmon on top of rice with avocado. Also love a good oyakodon.
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• Japan
29 Jan 16
I love sashimi don too, but here nobody would think of putting avocado on it. Usually it has a shiso leaf or finely chopped nori, Or a poached egg. Or all of the above.
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@Drosophila (16804)
• Ireland
30 Jan 16
@petatonicsca oh ya we have all of those here as well. The avocado gives it a nice dimension. With some dashi sauce. am very surprised of the quality of the Japanese food here. It's quite authentic with a good twist
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
@Drosophila I love avocados but they are expensive! Otherwise I would eat one almost every day!
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@much2say (36251)
• United States
30 Jan 16
I can eat "gohan" just plain - I love any kind from jasmine, basmati, to Japanese short grain rice - mostly white, but I have grown to enjoy brown as well. I like plain gohan as it goes with anything from meats to veggies - and oh saucy stuff like kare (curry) and stews of various cultures. I do like to make fried rice with leftover rice - with carrots, peas, green onions, and eggs with a bit of shoyu (soy sauce) and black pepper. Sometimes with rice mixes (various rices which include wild rice which is not an actual rice), I cook it with chicken broth for extra flavor. Oh and with basmati rice, I will sometimes add olive oil and a touch of salt to the water.
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
I mix my white rice with brown 2:1. It makes it nourishing but not so hard to chew.
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@much2say (36251)
• United States
30 Jan 16
@petatonicsca I usually do either/or but not both at the same time. My kids actually enjoy brown rice just as much, so I don't mix. Does the white rice not get soggy when you cook it with the brown (since brown takes longer?)
@Gillygirl (15685)
• Sutton, England
29 Jan 16
Chestnuts sound like would add a nice flavour. I like rissottos.
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@owlwings (38276)
• Cambridge, England
29 Jan 16
I think that a mushroom and chestnut risotto would be excellent.
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@JudyEv (103756)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jan 16
My way of eating rice is very ordinary. I like fried rice and rice pudding.
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• Japan
29 Jan 16
Those are good too!
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@boiboing (12475)
• Northampton, England
29 Jan 16
I like rice as rice - not with things added to it.
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• Japan
29 Jan 16
Most Japanese agree with you. So do I, most days. Occasionally I add stuff.
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@Platespinner (19153)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
29 Jan 16
We don't generally get too fancy with rice. Usually it's the base for a one-pot stir fry type of meal seasoned with whatever happens to strike my fancy at the time.
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
Normally I use it as a base for curry or stew or to go with meat and veg, like many people use potatoes.
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@alchemistrx (2589)
• Philippines
30 Jan 16
Rice as a staple food in asia is now widely accepted in western countries. Rice here in the Philippines is sometimes cooked with pandan or okra. That's what my mother does with rice.
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@Jessicalynnt (47938)
• Centralia, Missouri
29 Jan 16
I miss eating rice in Japan, no matter what I do here it doesn't seem to be quite right!
• Japan
29 Jan 16
Do you soak it for at least 20 minutes? Also, you have to buy the right kind. I know what you mean. All of us, when we visit the States, can't get a decent serving of rice. When were you in Japan?
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• Centralia, Missouri
30 Jan 16
@petatonicsca ok, so soak for 20 min before cooking? and what kind? I prob am not getting the right kind. A couple of years ago for a month, was amazing
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• Japan
30 Jan 16
@Jessicalynnt You can get Japanese rice grown in California. I think it's called California Rose. I also think it's called pearl rice or short grain rice. It needs less water than long grain. You rinse it, let it soak (longer is better, like even several hours) and use 1 cup rice to 1 and a fourth cups water. Bring it to a boil and then let it steam (maybe simmer? I do mine in a rice cooker.) When it is done, leave it with the lid on for 15 minutes, then fluff it up with your rice paddle (or a spoon) before eating. Doing the cooking and steaming properly will take about an hour.
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@dpk262006 (55810)
• Delhi, India
4 Feb 16
I do not think chestnuts are available here, so we do not use it while cooking rice. If we want to relish different kind of rice, we add peas and potatoes in it with a dash of black pepper to make it a kind of pulav.