All posts tagged: shōjin ryōri (Buddist Vegetarian Food)

Summer Vegetable Dishes

Vegetables come in great variety during the summertime. Aubergines, green peppers, cucumbers, various type of beans, etc. etc.  Japan, especially Tokyo is, I think the best place to shop from groceries to any type of delicacies and even worldwide gourmet. On a daily basis, I personally dislike supermarket shopping (vegetables are mass produced and tend to come tasteless) and I squander small shops; which I keep a personal rated list of good and fresh vegetable shops, butchers, fish monger, fruit shops around my vicinity. Our dinner table is mostly filled with vegetables with one or two dishes of fish or meat, eating light and healthy becomes a habit; more so religious. I will be introducing the how to simply make these everyday Japanese side dishes (homemade washoku) in due course on my recipe pages; which I’ve been trying to build but not so smoothly as I imagined having transferred my site to wordpress.com quite recently.   Braised Pumpkin with aduki (red beans)         Sauteed Green Pepper with Jyako (dried tiny fish) in …

Osekihan / Sticky rice with red beans

August 13th to 15th is the ‘Obon season‘ in Japan. Obon is a Buddist custom to honor the our ancestors. Family reunite returning to their regions, each Obon customs differ regionally. Visiting ancestors’ graves and temples. It is also the height of summer season, so if you would to experience the genuine summer of Japan; it may not be the best experience of your life but it is the perfect time to do so. However during the Obon week, be careful with your traveling plans as the bullet trains, flights and inter-highways are packed, I mean over packed – too fully booked.   Since it is the Obon season, I’ve decide to make a typical seasonal dish; shōjin ryōri (Buddist Vegetarian Food) dish called ‘Osekihan’; which is a steamed sticky rice with red beans. Osekihan is a typical household (mother’s) dish cooked for any festive occasions.   Osekihan (Sticky Rice with red beans) Recipe Sticky Rice:::::::: 3 Cups Aduki:::::::: 1 Cups Aduki boil water::::::: 5Cups Black Seasame & Salt             …