Mame Gohan, which is rice with green peas and some salt flavour, is a variation on regular white rice and a delicious twist on a classic Japanese side dish. Just like Takikomi Gohan, Mame Gohan makes a boring bowl of white rice more interesting and gives it more flavour! The green peas add a pop of colour and add an extra serving of veggies to your meal! It’s such a simple twist but it really makes a difference and gives it a different flavour!
On the weekend I like to go to the organic markets and get my veggies and fruits for the week. Last week when I went I found some really fresh sugar snap peas so I decided to make Mame Gohan with them! I made a batch of it when I got home and it was all eaten within a few minutes after I had taken some photos. My daughter doesn’t usually like peas but she loved this rice so give it a try even if you are not a big fan of peas because you may actually like it. My mom often used to make Mame Gohan when I was a child and I hated it! I would always say “eww noooo” but she would still make it and I would just have to suffer. But now, for some reason, I really like it and ate a big bowl of this batch when I made it for this post. The slightly salty flavour makes the rice taste so good and the peas add their slight flavour too.
To keep the peas looking fresh and bright green, slightly cook them then add them to the rice about 10 minutes after it’s finished cooking. If you cook it all together in the rice cooker, the peas will go dark and dead-looking. Once it’s all cooked you can serve it with any dish just like you would plain rice! Enjoy!