Japan has the custom of eating a seven-herb breakfast porridge called Nanakusagayu (七 草 が ゆ), on 7 January, when the celebrations of the Ano Novo. This custom seems to have begun during the Edo period.
The tradition came from China, where there was the custom of eating freshly picked herbs in the early new year. Eating them on January 7 is believed to bring good luck, health and help ward off evil and prevent disease. In addition, it is a healthy and natural meal that offers many vitamins and energy, usually these herbs or kits containing the 7 herbs (Hotokeza, Gogyou, Suzuna, Seri, Suzuhiro, Nazuna and Hakobera) are sold in all supermarkets of the Japan on this day.
Nanakusa means 7 herbs and Kayu / Gayu means porridge in japanese.
Japanese 7 Porridge Dish
- 1 cup of white rice.
- 1 serving of nanakusa (supermarket bought kit).
- 1 and a half teaspoons of salt.
- 1 serving of black and white sesame.
Way of preparing
- Wash the rice.
- Cook the rice with 900 ml of water over high heat.
- When it begins to boil turn the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes.
- If you notice spillage, move the pan lid slightly.
- In a separate pan, boil the water and dip the 7 herbs and then remove them.
- With about 5 minutes left to finish the porridge, add the salt and stir.
- Put the chopped herbs and stir well.
- Wait for the cooking to finish.
- Serve in bowls, topping with black and white sesame