Recipe for Takikomi Gohan – A Japanese Mixed Rice Dish

takikomi gahan

This seasonal recipe for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) was sent by Ayako Egawa in Japan.  Takikomi Gohan is made with rice and seasonal ingredients and is made to celebrate the changing season. Here’s Ayako’s note on the dish, along with her recipeā€¦

"Lisa is very curious about our food in Japan. So I’d like to tell you how to make takikomi gahan with some photos.


I made takikomi gohan for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).


Takikomi gohan is rice with chicken and vegetables.  We can make it in our rice cookers. So it’s very easy and it’s also our common cuisine."

Recipe for Takikomi Gohan (Mixed Rice)

Ingredients ingredients

2 cups Rice

1/2 tsp Dashi-no-moto* 

2 tsp Mentsuyu (liquid dashi)

1 tsp Sake (not the sweet one)

Some Dried Kelp (konbu)

Red Ginger (beni shoga)


Chicken Breast

Shitake Mushrooms

1 sheet Thin Fried Tofu (aburaage)

*Dashinomoto is dried instant soup mix made with dried bonito tuna flakes (katsuobushi) and kelp (kombu).


1. Wash rice and soak for 15 minutes before cooking.

2. Slice carrots into thin strips.

3. Cut chicken into 2 inch cubes.

4  Slice shitake mushrooms and thin fried tofu.

ingredients chopped up

5. Make broth to season rice using a little water, add liquid dashi, dashi-no-moto and sake.

6. Put all ingredients with the rice in the rice cooker including seasoned dashi.  Add ginger and some dried kelp.  Add 1 cup of water per cup of rice you make.  I prepare 2 cups of rice ( about 4 servings).

ingredients in rice cooker

 ingredients in rice cooker2

7.  Turn on the rice cooker and cook for about 1 hour until done.

ingredients cooked in rice cooker

Ayako wrote, "I want to bring it for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). We can make rice balls with it and put it in a benti lunch box."

Thanks for sharing your recipe Ayako.  Enjoy your hanami!

-Mama Lisa

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