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Amazake

Amazake is a drink made with regular short grain rice and rice koji which is in a nutshell rice cultured with a mold known as aspergillus oryzae. Amazake like kombucha and miso is fermented. The fermentation process brings out the sugary starches in the rice and the resulting drink is like highly sweetened oatmeal. This drink has been part of the asian cultures for centuries. Here’s a recipe.

1 cup rice
4 cup water
1/2 cup koji

Equipment
Rice cooker
A pot
A candy thermometer

Bring the one cup of rice to a boil in the four cups of water. Turn heat on very low and simmer for about 45 to 50 minutes. When the rice has become a porridge put into your rice cooker but don’t plug it in. Using a thermometer cool down the rice until it is between 50 and 60 degrees Celsius. When it reaches the correct temperature mix in the rice koji and plug in the rice cooker. Leave the cooker on keep warm. Every two hours wash a spoon with hot water and stir the rice repeating until ten hours pass. After those ten hours the mixture should be sweet. After 10 hours unplug the rice cooker and pour the rice into a measuring cup. Using a blender blend one cup at a time until smooth and put into a jar for storage or you can just use it right then. Be sure to only blend one cup at a time or the heat pressure from the rice will pop off the lid and leave you with a big ricey globby mess. I can tell you this from experience. The result should be thick like pudding and if you want a drink you dilute the amazake with an equal amount of water. More info on healthy foods like this at My Parents Site

Also here’s a link to the Japanese version

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