3 cups mochigome (glutinous rice)
1/3 cup azuki red beans
1/2 tsp salt
gomashio (black sesame seeds and salt) for topping
Wash rice and drain on colandar. Put azuki beans in medium pot and boil for a few minutes and drain. Put 2 cups of water and azuki beans in the medium pot and bring to a boil again. Simmer the beans on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until almost softened. Drain azuki beans and keep the colored liquid. Mix some water and the colored water to make 3 cups of liquid. Place washed rice in a rice cooker. Pour 3 cups of colored water over the rice. Season with salt and mix well. Place boiled azuki beans on top. Leave to soak for about one hour. Start the rice cooker. When red rice is cooked, let it steam for 10-15 minutes. Lightly stir the rice. Sprinkle mixture of salt and black sesame seeds over the rice if you would like.
makes 4 servings