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Made in a Rice Cooker Okara, Rice Bran and Natto Cake Bread

Made in a Rice Cooker Okara, Rice Bran and Natto Cake Bread

This is made easily in a rice cooker. It has no oil, flour or sugar. It's a really healthy recipe. Use it as a main starch in a meal or as a snack.

Ingredients: 2 to 3 servings

◎Egg
1
◎Firm tofu
50 g
Fresh okara
50 g
◎Rice bran
50 g
◎Curry powder
1 teaspoon or so
Natto (with the sauce packet that comes with the natto)
2 packets

Steps

1. Put the ◎ ingredients into the bowl of the rice cooker, and mix well with your hands.
2. Add the natto (including the sauce), mix well with a spatula, level out the surface and cook using the regular rice setting (about 30 minutes).
3. If the surface becomes dry it's done. Leave to cool down a bit, then invert onto a plate.
4. Finished. You can eat it as is without any sauce. Try using more curry powder or other spices as topping.
5. The surface will be crispy when it's freshly cooked. The insides are moist and soft. If you use a 5 rice cooker cup capacity cooker, the cake will be about 1.5 cm high.
6. Here I used rice flour instead of rice bran. It's a little more dense and chewy than the rice bran version, and more lightly flavored. You could add a bit more curry powder and sauce.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been thinking up several recipes that use rice bran, but of all the baked type recipes this one is the easiest and healthiest I think. The stickiness of the natto counteracts the dryness of the okara, and the distinctive odors of the rice brain and natto cancel each other out for a very good result. I've made the ingredient amounts easy to remember, and used the sauce that comes with the natto to to eliminate waste.