Brown rice and green tea porridge

A new blog that I just recently found http://www.justhungry.com is a blog about Japanese and home cooking. The blog’s author, Maki, wrote a really interesting article about Japanese Brown rice and green tea porridge (genmai chagayu):

A traditional custom in Japan is to eat nanakusa gayu, or seven greens rice porridge, after the New Year’s feasting period, to rest the stomach and bring the body back into balance. At any time of the year, kayu or okayu are eaten when the body is weakened by sickness, fatigue or overeating.

I just love this quote. Even though Maki is technically talking about brown rice and green tea poridge, she might as well be discussing the gluten-free lifestyle for a celiac. If you just replace a few words in the sentence: “Eat a gluten-free diet to rest the stomach, bring the body back into balance…when the body is weakened by sickness, fatigue or overeating.”

I do believe I’m going to try this recipe! Rice and green tea! Wonderfully delightful combination!


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