The majority Han Chinese have long followed the tradition of eating Laba rice porridge on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. The date usually falls in mid-January and is a traditional Chinese festival, called Laba Festival. Laba Festival was originally an occasion for people to give sacrifices to their ancestors, and to pray to the gods of heaven and earth for a good harvest and good luck for the family. Many years later, it has become a Laba rice porridge eating event – a porridge that contains different types of rice, beans, dried nuts, bean curd, and meat.

Laba Rice Porridge

Eating Laba Rice Porridge Custom:

The custom of Eating Laba Rice Porridge first originated in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) and became popular in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Now it has been over one thousand years that the Chinese people eat Laba porridge on Laba Festival day. As is known to all, since ancient times Chinese people have attached great importance to growing crops, so when the land bears a good harvest after years of hard work, the farmers will show great appreciation by sacrificing to the ancestors, and heaven and earth. Boiling Laba porridge is one way people celebrate their harvest. Nowadays, Many large Buddhism temples still offer it to Buddhists to show their faith to Buddha on laba.

Eating Laba Rice Porridge Custom

The ingredients of Laba porridge are various items that are full of nutrition. In different regions there are different ingredients in addition to the rice. Actually eight ingredients (or more) are used, cooked with sugar (or salt). Today we’ll share you a classic recipe of Laba Rice Porridge.

Ingredients for Laba Rice Porridge:

  • 1 cup of rice or glutinous rice;
  • red beans, millet, Chinese sorghum, peas, dried lotus seeds, red beans, dried dates, walnut meat each 1/10 cup(if you can not find these ingredients you can use other nuts, dried fruits and beans instead);
  • Sugar (crystal sugar is better);
  • 10 cups of water.

Ingredients for Laba Rice Porridge

Directions to cook Laba Rice Porridge:

1, Clean rice and eight ingredients and dip them separately in cold water for about 5 hours;

2, Add rice and eight ingredients into a deep pot; Add 10 cups of water and sugar;

3, Turn on the fire and make sure the flame is high, put the lid on;

4, When it is boiled, turn down the fire and take off the lid;

5, Let the porridge simmer until it begins to emit a very delicious smell, add some sugar you’d like;

6, Turn off the fire when porridge becomes sticky.

Laba Rice Porridge

Laba porridge is not only easy to prepare, but also a nutritious food in winter because it contains amino acids, protein and other vitamins people need. Cooked nuts and dried fruit are good for smoothing nerves, nourishing one’s heart and vitality, and strengthening the spleen. It is welcomed by all people of different ages. Enjoy!

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