How to make Hakko Genmai: Keep you healthy and Lose weight! Powerful Gut Health Recipe

How to make Hakko Genmai: Keep you healthy and Lose weight! Powerful Gut Health Recipe

Discover the Health Benefits of Japanese Hakko Genmai

Hakko Genmai is a Japanese fermented brown rice that is rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. It’s considered one of the healthiest foods in Japan, known for promoting good digestion, boosting the immune system, and improving overall health. I have switched to Hakko Genmai from white rice or ordinally brown rice for the last five years, maintaining good health for my age and successfully losing and keeping off 5 pounds. If you want to improve your health, this recipe is for you!

Above: Types of rice that are commonly eaten in Japan.

Why Hakko Genmai?

Hakko Genmai offers numerous health benefits, making it a fantastic addition to your diet:

  • Good Digestion: The fermentation process enhances the rice’s digestibility.
  • Immune System Boost: The nutrients in Hakko Genmai support a strong immune system.
  • Overall Health Improvement: Regular consumption can improve your overall well-being.

Fermented brown rice is more nutritious than regular brown rice, rich in polyphenols, niacin, and other beauty-enhancing ingredients, as well as oligosaccharides, which serve as food for intestinal bacteria, helping to regulate the stomach. This, in turn, boosts immunity and helps maintain the health of the body, skin, and more, making it a foundation for a healthy diet.

I named fermented brown rice “edible intestinal cleansing” because it significantly improves my digestive health. Our bodies need to detoxify the foods we consume, and fermented brown rice works on our intestines to cleanse them effectively. In my opinion, it has a more powerful detoxifying effect than eating a mountain of salad. (I don’t want to say this too loudly, but look forward to a trip to the toilet the day after you eat it!)

How to Prepare Hakko Genmai

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making this nutritious and flavorful fermented rice:


  • Brown rice
  • Azuki beans
  • Water


1)Rinse and Soak: Start by rinsing the brown rice thoroughly. Then, soak the rice in water for at least 6 hours or overnight. This step is crucial as it removes phytic acid from the rice.

Why Remove Phytic Acid?: Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient found in many plant-based foods, including brown rice. It binds to essential minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc, reducing their bioavailability and preventing proper absorption by the body. Soaking the rice helps eliminate phytic acid, making the nutrients more accessible.

Rinse Again: After soaking, drain the water and rinse the rice again to ensure all phytic acid is removed.

2)Add Azuki Beans: Add washed Azuki beans to the rice, then add fresh water. The beans enhance the nutritional profile of the rice and add a delightful flavor.

3)Cook the Rice: Cook the rice as you usually would in a rice cooker. If your rice cooker has a brown rice mode, select it and start cooking.

4)Fermentation Process: Once the rice is cooked, keep it warm in the rice cooker for the next three days. Stir the rice once daily with a rice paddle to ensure even fermentation. After three days, the rice should have a slightly funky smell but a comfortable and soft texture.

Freshly cooked Genmai and Azuki beans: haven’t fermented yet. The individual grains are distinct, but it’s going to be soften after 3 days of fermentation

5)Storage: Wrap the fermented rice in plastic, divide it into single portions, freeze it, and store it in a ziplock bag. You can keep it for up to a month.

Serving Hakko Genmai

Serve Hakko Genmai just like you would serve white rice. It has a richer flavor and a satisfying texture. While it takes time to prepare, the rice cooker does most of the work for you! The next day, you’ll feel lighter, as this rice relieves constipation, improves gut health, and enhances your overall well-being.

I hope you give this recipe a try! Enjoy the taste and health benefits of Hakko Genmai.

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