5 Japanese rice dish: 炊き込みご飯 (takikomi gohan)


aho’s Japanese student Keiko-san, knowing that we have a cooking blog, proposed that she can teach us how to cook some Japanese dishes.
so today, we spent all day cooking together. starting from shopping for ingredients, to explaining recipes and, of course, finally cooking it all. Keiko-san helped us with everything.
we made many Japanese dishes, but this time we’re gonna introduce just one of them.
dish for today: takikomi gohan which literally means cooked rice.
however it’s much more than that, because while cooking rice you add vegetables, meat and seasoning and cook it all together. it’s a really simple dish but very delicious.
Keiko-san, thank you!



3 cups of rice
1 carrot
1 package of mushrooms (we used shimeji mushrooms)
1 chicken breast
1 burdock root
1 piece of fried tofu
soy sauce


1. Rinse the rice under running water. The water will turn a milky white color. Drain the cloudy water away and add fresh water, and swish the rice around again. Put rice in a rice cooker or pot. Add water to the rice. At this point you should let the rice soak for a while. Soaking for at least 30 minutes to an hour is generally recommended.

2. While the rice is soaking, prepare other ingredients. First, peel and cut the burdock root. Pieces shouldn’t be too big (look at the picture):


3. Next, peel and cut the carrot and fried tofu. cut the carrot as shown in the picture:


4. You don’t have to cut shimeji mushrooms. But you do have to cut the meat. Rather small pieces.


5. After you cut everything, rice should be soaked enough. Take out two ladles of water in which the rice was soaked. In place of the water we took out, add 1 ladle of soy sauce and 1 ladle of mirin.


6. After you add the seasoning, add the rest of ingredients except the meat.


7. Start cooking rice. From now on, we have to be careful to not miss the moment of adding the chicken. We should add the meat when we see the steam coming out of the rice cooker. When that happens, you should open the rice cooker and add the meat quickly. Close the rice cooker as soon as you can to prevent the loss of taste ^^


8. What’s left? Waiting for the rice cooker to sound that it is done with cooking the rice. When you hear it, the dish is ready to eat and should look like that:



It could count as a main dish cause you’ll be full even after eating a small portion.



If you weren’t able to eat all what you made, you can make an onigiri next day out of the takikomi gohan. Delicious and perfect for breakfast/lunch 😉





    1. Hmm… maybe it is difficult to buy shimeji but the rest? Burdock (korzeń łopianu) you can probably go into the old park or forest and dig it out 🙂 Fried tofu? I think you can buy it without any problems in any oriental store like Kuchnie Świata.

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