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Kaki gohan – A super-easy, super-tasty rice cooker treat to make this autumn

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By SoraNews24

Rice cookers are amazingly convenient appliances, letting you cook up a pot of perfectly fluffy white rice with mere seconds of prep work before you hit the start button and let the machine do the rest. But as we head deeper in autumn, it’s time to remember that you can also toss other ingredients into your rice cooker to make some super-easy, super-tasty dishes, and today we’ll be making kaki gohan, or “persimmon rice.”

Actually, we weren’t entirely sure that kaki gohan was a thing. With fall foods coming into season, at this time of year a lot of takeout places will soon be offering kuri gohan, rice cooked with chestnut pieces, but we couldn’t recall seeing kaki gohan for sale. In theory, though, it seemed like persimmon rice should be possible, and sure enough, we were able to track down a recipe from rice brand Yamato Rice on their website. With a short ingredient list and just three steps to follow, we wasted no time whipping up a batch.

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● Ingredients

Rice (360 milliliters/1.5 cups)

1 persimmon

Water (270 milliliters/9.1 ounces)

Cooking sake (1 tablespoon)

Salt (0.5 teaspoons)

Black sesame and extra salt (to taste)

Step 1

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Peel the persimmon, remove the seeds, and chop it into bite-size pieces.

Step 2

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Put the persimmon, rice, water, sake, and salt into the rice cooker.

Step 3

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Close the lid, hit the start button, and let the rice cooker go through its standard cooking cycle.

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Yep, that’s really all there is to it! Our rice cooker’s cycle is 45 minutes long, so once it was done we popped open the lid…

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…and our kaki gohan had cooked up quite nicely.

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A tantalizing sweet aroma wafted up from the pot. Grabbing a rice scoop, we transferred a serving into a bowl, then added a dash of black sesame and a little extra salt.

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We picked up a mouthful with our chopsticks, popped it into our mouth, and were met with a gentle, delicious sweetness. During cooking the juices excreted by the persimmon pieces had soaked into the rice, and the salt and sesame helped draw out more of that natural sweetnes through their contrasting flavor notes. Kaki gohan smells great too, with the slight scent of sake mixing harmoniously with the persimmon to give it just the right amount of olfactory character to stimulate your appetite without overpowering your nose.

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One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the texture of cooked persimmon is softer than when it’s raw. If you, like us, have eaten a whole lot more raw persimmon than cooked, the consistency might throw you off a bit at first. For something that tastes this good, though, and that’s so easy to make, it’s a texture we can get used to.

Related: Yamato Rice

Photos © SoraNews24

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I have tried this once a few years back, and the recipe may not be the same, but at least for my taste the mix of flavors was not something I could describe as "good".

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This makes me think of pineapple on pizza. Which is not a good thought.

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Tortilla soup,made with cooked or canned black beans,cooked or canned corn ,Pasta sauce,and Chicken Broth to reduce, Serrano Pepper and favorite Ground Meat,side dishes Lime salted Tortillas Chip,Sour Cream or Cheese and Salsa,beat any Japanese dish

Only if you are 10 Asahi 生deep and skipped breakfast and lunch.

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The rice cooker has to be the number one appliance in most households. Such good rice, white, black, brown and many other dishes like curries, soups, breads and cakes.

Rice and persimmon are very nice as well as many other fruits.

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This makes me think of pineapple on pizza. Which is not a good thought.

I am with you 1000%.

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Tortilla soup,made with cooked or canned black beans,cooked or canned corn ,Pasta sauce,and Chicken Broth to reduce, Serrano Pepper and favorite Ground Meat,side dishes Lime salted Tortillas Chip,Sour Cream or Cheese and Salsa,beat any Japanese dish

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

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