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RECIPE: Nanakusa Gayu (Seven Herb Rice Porridge)

RECIPE: Nanakusa Gayu (Seven Herb Rice Porridge)

Nanakusa Gayu (seven herb rice porridge) is traditionally enjoyed on January 7 in Japan as a way to soothe the body and calm the stomach after all the holiday indulgences from the New Year’s celebrations. 

Servings: 1 


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 300ml water
  • 1 package Seven Dried Herbs Mix
  • 1 tsp soy sauce*
  • ½ - 1 tsp dashi powder*
  • Dash of salt


  1. In a pot, add the water and cooked rice, and bring to a simmer. This makes a rice porridge known as okayu.
  2. When the rice becomes sticky, add the seven herbs mix, soy sauce, dashi, and salt.
  3. Stir to combine and enjoy hot.

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