Discover Korean Food 72: Dr. Sook-Ja Yoon’s “Patjuk, Rice and Red Bean Porridge”

Patjuk is a porridge of non-glutinous rice and sweet red beans that have been deeply boiled and strained. Patjuk is served on the winter solstice (dongi day) which has the longest night of the year. It is believed that the red colour of the beans can expel devils, and get rid of slight sickness.

[Ingredients & Quantity]
90 g (1/2 cups) non-glutinous rice
230 g (1&1/3 cups) sweet red bean, 800 g (4 cups) scalding water, 2.4 kg (12 cups) boiling water
4 g (1 tsp) salt
* Rice ball: 100 g (1 cup) glutinous rice powder, 0.5 (1/8 tsp) salt, 23 g (1&1/2 tbsp) water

[Preparation]
1. Wash the rice, soak in water for 2 hours, drain water on a strainer for 10 min. (110g).
2. Wash the red bean and remove foreign elements if exist. Drain water on a strainer for 10 min.

[Recipe]
1. Put red bean and scalding water into the pot, heat up for 4 min. on high heat. When it boils, continue to boil it for another 3 min. Discard the scalding water, add new boiling water into the pot, heat it up for 10 min. on high heat. Lower the heat to medium, boil it for 1 hour and 20 min, for the red bean to be deeply cooked.
2. While the cooked red bean is still hot, put it on a strainer, strain the red bean by mashing with wooden scoop. Make the red bean boiled water is about 1.6 kg (8 cups). Settle down the mashed red bean for 30 min.
3. Sprinkle salt on the glutinous rice powder, knead with hot water. Shape rice ball into 1.5 cm-diameter (5 g each, total 25 balls).
4. Put the top red bean water ( 880 g, 4 cups) and soaked rice into the pot, heat it up for 4 min. on high heat. When it boils, lower the heat to medium, boil for another 20 min. with stirring.
5. When the rice is well-sodden, add the red bean sediment. When it boils again, continue to boil for 10 more min. and add rice balls, wait for 1 min. When the rice balls float on, season with and bring it to a boil.

[Tips]
* If the red bean boiled water is not enough, add just water to cook porridge properly
* the rice ball may be replaced by glutinous rice cake.

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