Amazake (甘酒) is a traditional Japanese fermented food. It is even called a "nomu tenteki" (飲む点滴 - drinkable IV-drip) because it is rich in nutrients. In general, there may be a strong impression that temples and shrines serve worshipers amazake on New Year's Day. However, in recent years, the health benefits of it have attracted attention. Many specialty stores selling amazake have opened, and amazake is now available in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Amazake is not just for drinking, it is also widely used as an ingredient in cooking and sweets, and as a substitute for seasonings. This time, we will introduce how to make “amazake strawberry pudding” that you can easily make at home using amazake. No sugar is used, and the combination of the natural sweetness of amazake and the sweet and sour taste of strawberries is very delicious♪
Before introducing the recipe, let's learn some trivia about what amazake actually is and what nutrients it contains! Then read on for the recipe video for amazake strawberry pudding and try making one yourself!
What is amazake?
Amazake is a type of traditional Japanese sweetened drink that looks white and cloudy. In the Edo period, it was drunk to prevent summer fatigue.
There are two types of amazake: "rice malt" (米麹 / 'kome koji or koji') and "sake lees" (酒粕 / sakekasu). Amazake derived from "rice malt" is made by maturing and fermenting steamed rice with rice malt. As it has 0% alcohol content, so even children can drink it.
On the other hand, amazake that is derived from "sake lees" is made from a solid byproduct by squeezing sake moromi (the liquid during fermentation that is the base of sake). Thus, there is alcohol content left in this type.
Nutrients of amazake
Amazake contains a wide variety of vitamins, including vitamin B1 and vitamin B2, as well as essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the human body. It is also called a “drinkable IV-drip” because it contains almost the same nutrients as an intravenous drip. By the way, there are differences in nutritional contents between the two types of amazake - "rice koji" base and "sake lees" base.
Amazake derived from “rice koji” contains a group of nutrients that becomes an energy source for energizing the brain and body because the starch in the rice is fermented into glucose and oligosaccharides by the fermentation of koji mold. Moreover, it is rich in vitamins.
Amazake derived from "sake lees" contains many nutrients produced during alcoholic fermentation in addition to protein and dietary fiber. For example, it contains β-glucan and folic acid derived from koji mold and yeast.
Now that you know both types of amazake contain many nutrients good for healthy body, let's see how to make "amazake strawberry pudding"!
Here is the video (with cc subtitles)👇👇👇
Ingredients for amazake strawberry pudding
- Strawberry milk…100ml
- Gelatin... 5g
- Strawberry (finely chopped)…Appropriate amount
* Approximately 2 to 4 strawberries depending on the size of the container
How to make amazake strawberry pudding
- Mix gelatin and strawberry milk in a heat-resistant bowl.
- Heat in a 600W microwave for about 40 seconds.
- Mix with amazake.
- Put strawberries in a bowl and pour ③ into it.
- Put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- After finish cooling, put the strawberries on top, and it's done.