Rice/ Sweet Potato

How to make Japanese sweet potato rice

This recipe has quickly become one of my favorites.

It is very easy to prepare (all you need to do is brown the sweet potato, throw everything into the rice cooker, and set the timer), but it is also very delicious!

The buttery sweet potato gives the rice a real richness and the black sesame seeds tops it off, providing a striking contrast in color, texture and flavor.

What you need:
• 2 cups rice (usually you would cook 2 cups rice in 2 cups water, but for this recipe add a bit more than 2 cups water to allow enough water to cook the sweet potato as well)
• Sweet potato
• Butter – 2 tbsp
• Konbu seaweed
• Mirin – 1 tbsp
•Sake – 2 tbsp
• Salt – 1/2 tsp (if you like you can roast the salt before adding)
• Black sesame seeds (if you have time, you can toast the sesame seeds before serving)

How to make:

1. Wash the rice. Place the rice in the rice cooker and add the water. If you have time, let the
rice rest for 30 minutes.
3. While the rice is sitting, dice the sweet potatoes into small pieces. Sauté in butter until they are
slightly brown (for me this takes about 5 min)
4. Add the sake, mirin, salt, sweet potato and knob into the rice cooker and mix gently into the rice. Cook on the white rice setting (set the timer if you are preparing the dish for later.)
5. When the rice is done, remove the konbu. Gently toss the
rice, to be careful not to break up the sweet potato.
6. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with black sesame

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Dice the sweet potato into cubes and cook in butter

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Saute the sweet potato until brown. If you are in a rush, you don’t need to wait until it is really brown. Just brown a little is fine, as it will cook in the rice cooker.

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Place all the ingredients into the rice cooker, including the konbu seaweed

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Set the timer! This is a great winter dish, and in winter it is cold enough that you can prepare the ingredients in the morning and set the timer for evening. Here, I set the timer for 5pm when we will be getting home with the kids, so its easy to feed them straight away (serve with meat, salad, miso soup etc or even serve on its own while you are preparing other dishes)

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When the rice cooker has finished, remove the konbu and gently mix the rice

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Sprinkle with black sesame seeds

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Do you have left overs? Make onigiri rice balls that the kids can eat later as a snack

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The onigiri is also cute for yourself! Warm in the microwave and top with some black sesame seeds. So yummy!!

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