- Course: Main Course
- Total Time: Under 4 Hours
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Inexpensive
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According to old customs, red bean porridge is eaten on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice (Dongji). Bowls of red bean porridge were presented to the household shrine, placed in rooms and in the shed. The red bean (red being the color of Yang, the sun, the positive, the masculine) was supposed to chase away evil spirits, who had the greatest strength when the days were short. The porridge was also applied to the main gate or the walls to the main gate of the house. When the porridge cooled, the family shared a meal to celebrate the solstice, the day the sun comes to life again.
- 2 cups red beans
- ½ cup rice
- About 2 dozen Sweet Rice Balls
1. Place the red beans and 16 cups (1 gallon) water in a large pot. Simmer for about 2 hours until soft, stirring occasionally, then more frequently as the liquid thickens. Remove from heat and let cool. Drain the beans, but retain the water. Then push the beans through a mesh strainer, adding some of the reserved water to help strain. Discard the peels and residue. Pour the strained bean soup back into the pot.
2. Wash and soak the rice in cold water for about 20 minutes. Add the rice to the soup and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the rice balls and cook for a few minutes longer.
Serve either hot or at room temperature with either a side of salt or honey, depending if you like your porridge savory or sweet.
NOTE: After you’ve added the rice, adjust the thickness of the porridge to your liking. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time, stirring and adding until you have the right consistency. If the mixture is too thin, simmer a bit longer until some of the water evaporates.
© 2005 Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee
This recipe serves 6. Nutritional information does not include sweet rice balls. For nutritional information on sweet rice balls, please follow the link above.