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!
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）
所有干物材料洗净，放入慢炖锅 （slower cooker）中.
8 Treasure Congee
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
Rinse, drain and dry all ingredients except for rock sugar and syrup
Place all ingredients in a slow cooker
Add in rock sugar and the syrup from Sweet Lotus Root with Sticky Rice
Start the 8-hour cooking process
Note: The quantity of each ingredient is flexible. Adjust to your taste.