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Nanakusa Gayu

Nanakusa Gayu (七草がゆ) or seven weed porridge is a traditional Japanese New Years dish eaten on January 7th.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 tablespoon cultured unsalted butter
  • 1 baby turnip (quartered)
  • 1 baby daikon (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 80 grams greens


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and saute the turnip and daikon until they become translucent.
  • Add the rice and stir to allow the butter to soak in.
  • Add the sake along with 1 cup of vegetable stock and start stirring. Continue cooking until the stock is absorbed and the rice mixture is very thick.
  • Turn down the heat to medium and continue adding 1/2 cup of vegetable stock at a time, stirring constantly and allowing the liquid to fully absorb between each addition.
  • Stop adding liquid when the rice is your desired consistency. I went to about 2 3/4 cups.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • In a small food processor puree the olive oil and greens to make a pesto.
  • Serve the nanakusa gayu with a dollop of pesto on top.