‘Sekihan’, steamed short grain Glutinous Rice cooked with Azuki (Red Beans), is sometimes cooked with Chestnuts as well. But Chestnuts are not commonly available where I live. I looked for a substitute for Chestnuts and I tried some different nuts. Now I can tell you that the best substitute is Cashew Nuts. This ‘Auzki & Cashew Rice’ is even more accessible as it can be cooked with ordinary rice.
2 cups (*180ml cup) Short Grain Rice
1/4 cup Azuki (Red Beans)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Unsalted Cashew Nuts
- Place washed Azuki (Red Beans) and Water in a saucepan and cook for about 30 minutes until beans are just cooked but still firm.
- When beans are cooked, drain and save the liquid, which will be used to cook rice.
- Wash Rice and drain. Place in the rice cooker’s inner pot, add the cooled red liquid up to the 2-cups-marking. Add Salt and gently stir. Place the cooked Azuki and Cashew Nuts on the rice evenly, but Do Not stir.
- Press the Cook/Start button. When the rice is cooked, let it steamed for 10 minutes, then gently toss to mix.