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Maze-Gohan: Japanese-style mixed rice

In Maze-Gohan, cooked rice is tossed with seasonal ingredients, often cooked separately and seasoned with soy sauce, dashi broth, and mirin. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine asian, Japanese
Keyword rice, aburaage, carrots, burdock, gobo, soy sauce, mirin, dashi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 461kcal
Cost $10.00


  • rice cooker or donabe


  • 2 cups short or medium-grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 oz fresh burdock (gobo) peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 5 oz carrots peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 sheets abura-age thin fried tofu, found at a local Asian grocery store
  • 1/2 cup dashi substitute water or vegetable broth for vegetarian
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • toasted sesame or Goma-shio for garnish


  • Gather ingredients.
  • Soak the washed rice in 2 ½ cups of water for 15-30 minutes, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and then cook the rice according to the method you are using. If using donabe, add water and rice to the donabe, and place it on the stovetop. Turn the heat high until the water starts to boil, then turn the heat to low. Cover the donabe with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes. Check for the doneness and turn the heat off. Leave the rice undisturbed for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, make the carrots, burdock, and abura-age mixture.  Note: to prevent discoloring, keep the peeled burdock in water.
  • Place carrots, burdock, and abura-age into a food processor and chop until they are roughly the size of rice grains.  
    Gobo in food processor
  • On a stovetop, heat a frying pan and add sesame oil, then 3. Toss well, then add dashi, mirin, and soy sauce. Turn the heat low and cook until all the liquid is almost gone. Turn the heat off and set it aside.
    Cooking carrots and gobo
  • When the rice is done, add the ingredients from step 4 and mix well. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and drizzle more sesame oil (optional) for garnish. Serve warm.
    Adding carrots and gobo to rice


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Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1041mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5921IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg