8 Treasure Congee [ 腊八粥 *八宝粥 ]

January 7, 2017

The Laba (simplified Chinese: 腊八; traditional Chinese: 臘八; literally: "Eighth of La") is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the La Month (or Layue 臘月), the twelfth month of the Chinese calendar.  The Laba Festival had not been on a fixed day until the Southern and Northern dynasties, when it was influenced by Buddhism and got a fixed time on the eighth day of twelfth month, which was also the enlightenment day of the Buddha. Therefore, many customs of the Laba Festival are related to Buddhism. It corresponds directly to the Japanese Rohatsu and the South Asian Bodhi Day (source)

 

It is customary on this day to eat 8 Treasure Congee (Laba Congee  腊八粥 *八宝粥 ). Traditionally, the consumption of 8 Treasure Congee was an important element of the festival.  Typical 8 Treasure Congee are made of mixed rice, beans, peanuts, lotus seeds, dried fruit, and various types of nuts.

 

A bowl 8 Treasure Congee symbolizes good fortune and marks prelude of Chinese Spring Festival.

 

To make it my version, I add the syrup from the Sweet Lotus Root with Sticky Rice as the base to elevate the flavor. It is a wonder food, a comfort food, a simple food, a sophisticated food, and treasure of health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 腊八粥 *八宝粥 

 

特色: 色泽亮红,口感糯软, 层次丰富,制作过程简单。

使用的厨具:慢炖锅 (slower cooker)

 

材料 :(品种与分量可根据自己喜好调整):

  • 糯米, 黑米, 红米: 各 1/4  杯

  • 红豆, 芸豆, 眉豆 , 花生仁: 各 1/4  杯

  • 桂圆干, 红枣, 莲子: 各 1/4  杯;  南瓜子仁: 2 大勺

  • 冰糖:1/4  杯,糯米糖藕蜜汁 (1-2杯)(制作糯米糖藕所得, 方法在这里
  • 清水: 10 杯

做法 :

  1. 所有干物材料洗净,放入慢炖锅 (slower cooker)中.

  2. 加入清水,冰糖和糯米糖藕蜜汁,启动8小时慢炖键。

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                                *各种材料的品种与分量可根据自己喜好调整

                                                                                                                *关键材料是糯米糖藕蜜汁的加入,

                                                                                                                   这一锅八宝粥就增添了独特的藕香 。

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   8 Treasure Congee

 

 Ingredients:

 

  • glutinous rice, black rice, red rice: ¼ cup of each

  • Adzuki bean, lima bean, black eye bean, peanuts:  ¼ cup of each

  • dried longan fruit flesh,  lotus seeds: ¼ cup of each

  • pumpkin seeds: 2 tablespoons

  • jujube: about 20

  • rock sugar: ¼ cup

  • syrup from Sweet Lotus Root with Sticky Rice:  ½ -1 cup (recipe here)

  • Water: 10 cups

Preparation:

  1. Rinse, drain and dry all ingredients except for rock sugar and syrup

  2. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker

  3. Add in rock sugar and the syrup from Sweet Lotus Root with Sticky Rice

  4. Start the 8-hour cooking process

  5. Serve warm

 

 

Note:  The quantity of each ingredient is flexible.  Adjust to your taste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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