On the 7th of January some people in Japan eat 七草粥 (nana kusa gayu).
According to the back of this packet, this tradition has been around since the Kamakura-period. The idea is that because everyone eats and drinks a lot over the New Year – it’s good to eat something simple to give your stomach a rest.
Nana means seven. Kusa means grass, weed or herb and okayu is a kind of rice porridge. Back in the day people used to gather up any herbs that were growing nearby to put in nanakusagayu. But now you can buy packets at the supermarket.
1 Cup (16 tbs)
2 Cup (32 tbs)
1. Chop the suzuna, seri, nazuna, gozayo, hakobera, hotokenoza and suzushiro.
2. Wash the rice well.
3. In a pot, add the rice along with the water.
4. Add the chopped suzuna, seri, nazuna, gozayo, hakobera, hotokenoza and suzushiro.