Tamari-Ginger Rice with Fresh Vegetables


I did struggle with a title for this post. After all, it just a simple bowl of rice flavored with few things I found in my refrigerator and spice shelf. I guess, all flavored rice preps share that description. Consider all the famous dishes from across various cuisines. Spanish tomato rice, Mexican cilantro rice, Indian lemon and tamarind rice… All you require is a handful of common ingredients.

Today, I decided to go Asian. This side of the world has been warm since last week. Days are long and bright with blue skies. Of course, given it is Michigan we can have snow again in another ten days…. (well, I enjoy that too. So, never mind). But today’s view from my window made me feel like eating something light and fresh and I came up with the following:


Serves two


1 cup rice
Handful of Edamame beans
2-3 sprigs of spring onion
1-2 small radishes
1 inch of ginger
Dash of dark roasted sesame oil
Tamari/ Soy sauce to taste
A teaspoon of wasabi seasoning (optional)


  1. Cook rice as per directions.
  2. Bring 2-3 cups of water to boil and let edamame beans cook in it. Even with frozen pods, five minutes were enough for me.
  3. Thinly slice radish.
  4. Chop spring onions.
  5. Julienne ginger into thin strips.
  6. Add all these vegetables to pot of rice.
  7. Season with tamari, sesame oil, and wasabi seasoning. Mix and enjoy!

Note that a side of pan-fried tempeh or egg would make this rice bowl a complete meal.


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