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Sekihan - Japanese Red Bean Sticky Rice

Try this easy rice cooker method for sekihan - Japanese red bean rice - no soaking required! Serve this bright and colourful dish for family celebrations or use it to make pink onigiri rice balls!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 188kcal
Cost $5


  • 280 g glutinous rice (2 rice cooker cups / 9.87 oz) aka sticky rice / mochigome (もち米 ),
  • 70 g adzuki beans (½ rice cooker cup / 2.46 oz)
  • 2 cups water plus more for cooking and washing rice


Note this recipe uses RICE cups for the beans and rice. Not full cups.

A rice cooker cup measurement is approx. ¾ cup.

  • In a medium saucepan, cover the adzuki beans with water and bring to the boil over high heat. Drain.
    70 g adzuki beans
  • Add 2 cups of water to the adzuki beans and bring back to the boil. Then reduce to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool (around 30 minutes - 1 hour) in the remaining liquid (this will be used to colour and cook with the rice).
    2 cups water
  • Place the glutinous rice in the rice cooker bowl. Wash and drain with water until the water runs clear (around 2-3 times).
    280 g glutinous rice
  • Pour in the cooled adzuki beans and liquid over the rice, then fill up to the 2 1/2 cup point in your rice cooker with water.
  • Cook according to your rice cooker instructions, then serve hot or cold with a garnish of gomashio.



  • Rice Seasoning - If you know you like rice seasoned with salt, you can add 1 tsp of salt in with the sticky rice and red bean before cooking.
  • Storage - Leftover sekihan will last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container. You can also freeze leftovers for a month or two.
  • Lighter Rice - Swap out half of the sticky rice for sushi rice. This will make the sekihan less sticky and lighter on the stomach.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg