Sunday, February 24, 2013

mannan hikari

DSC03230 A couple of posts back, Rowena asked me if we'd ever tried "rice" made from konnyaku (devil's tongue jelly) flour. We hadn't but I had heard of a diet food called "mannan hikari", a "rice" which I had heard was made of konnyaku.

Since one of the foods Satoshi is supposed to eat more of is konnyaku (it apparently has a lot of fiber), I thought we should try this, as it may be an easy way to add more konnyaku into our diet.

If I understood the Japanese correctly, the konnyaku flour has an enzyme called "mannan" in it, which helps with blood sugar too.

DSC03231 The packets look like rice.

Here's how to make it according to the directions on the package: Wash a cup of "real" rice and then add 1 packet of the konnyaku rice. The package cautions you NOT to wash the konnyaku rice (for some reason I have a feeling it may melt if washed). As for the amount of water, you should add 1.5 cups. Cook as you normally do.

If you want to be brave, the package also suggest you do 1 cup of rice and 2 of the konnyaku rice, but we haven't tried this version yet.

DSC03232 There isn't any distinct flavor, but texture-wise it is a little like instant rice, not really sticky.

For this reason, the company website suggests that you do not cook the "rice" by itself.

Dunno how this product would fare as musubi or as fried rice, though their website says that it does freeze well.

Have you ever tried this or something similar? What do you think about it?

8 comments:

KirkK said...

Funny, I was just talkng to folks about how all these konnyaku products are "in" now because of the soluble fiber. You should see how much the stuff costs in "healthfood stores" versus the Japanese markets! Yikes

K and S said...

I can only imagine how high the prices are Kirk!

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Oooh..thanks for this Kat. I didn't place the order yet, but when I do, I'll try several products made with konnyaku flour.

K and S said...

I hope you can buy small amounts Rowena! Keep me posted.

Take care.
Kat

K said...

Interesting! I would try this out if I had it by me. It sort of reminds me of recipes I've seen for mashed potatoes where you add mashed cauliflower haha.

K and S said...

mashed cauliflower sounds good, too, K!

Take care.
Kat

genkitummy said...

Thanks for sharing. That "rice" sounds interesting. It would be great for cutting calories.

K and S said...

if you see it at Nijiya or Marukai, Genki, it may be worth a try :)

Take care.
Kat