1/3 of recipe:
188 calories; 3.1 g protein; 0.5 g fat; 39.8 g carbohydrate; 39.5 g net carbs; 56 mg sodium (when using sakura shiokoji made of kosher salt; excluding pickled cherry blossoms); 0 mg cholesterol; 0.3 g fiber
1/2 of recipe:
282 calories; 4.7 g protein; 0.7 g fat; 59.7 g carbohydrate; 59.3 g net carbs; 84 mg sodium (when using sakura shiokoji made of kosher salt; excluding pickled cherry blossoms); 0 mg cholesterol; 0.4 g fiber
1/4 cup* (45 cc) mochigome sweet rice
Approx. 180 cc water (not in photo)
1 tbsp sake
1/2 tsp sakura shiokoji salted rice malt infused with pickled cherry blossoms
1 small piece kombu kelp (optional)
20-30 sakura no hana no shiozuke salted cherry blossoms (Prunus x yedoensis "Akebono" in photo)
Water to desalinate cherry blossoms (not in photo)
*1 rice cooker cup = 180 cc
Rinse regular rice and sweet rice, drain, and let sit for 30+ minutes.
Meanwhile, soak salted cherry blossoms until reaching desired saltiness, changing soaking water several times as necessary.
When done, drain, and squeeze out excess water.
When ready to cook, put sake and sakura shiokoji, add water to 1-cup mark, and mix well.
When done, wait 10 minutes, remove kombu, and gently turn.
- Sodium content depends on the type of salt used to pickle cherry blossoms (and sakura shiokoji) as well as the number of pickled cherry blossoms used and how much they are desalinated.
- I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt (containing 280 mg sodium per 1/4 tsp) for pickling cherry blossoms (jar in back in photo at right) and therefore for sakura shiokoji (jar in front in photo at right). Diamond Crystal kosher salt contains approximately 40% less sodium than sea salt (my usual choice for making regular shiokoji).
- If sakura shiokoji is not at hand, use regular shiokoji, but less than the specified amount above, and add some or all of the water used to desalinate pickled cherry blossoms.
- Skip kombu kelp if sodium intake is a concern (shiokoji is packed with umami, so skipping kombu won't significantly impact the dish).