chestnuts rice served in a Japanese rice bowl with a pair of chopsticks sitting on a fish shaped chopstick rest
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5 from 4 votes

Kuri Gohan

Cook chestnuts easily in a Japanese way to make Kuri gohan(Chestnuts Rice)!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Rice, Rice dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chestnuts, chestnuts rice, how to cook chestnuts, kuri, kuri gohan, kuri rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 426kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 500 g chestnuts
  • 1 3/4 cups short grain rice
  • 1/4 cup glutinous wheat or sweet rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds


  • Prepare chestnuts by using kitchen scissors to remove the outer hard skin. Leave the astringent skin intact. 
  • Place them in a saucepan or pot and pour enough water to cover the chestnuts.
  • Start to heat the pot over high heat to bring it to boil. 
  • Once it has boiled, turn the heat down to low / medium and simmer to cook the chestnuts for about 20 minutes. 
  • Drain the hot water and add cold water so that you can handle the chestnuts but the chestnuts will not get dry. 
  • Carefully remove the astringent skin with hands and set aside all. 
  • Wash the rice and glutinous wheat until the washing water becomes clearer (about 3-4 times).  Drain the water completely.
  • Place the washed rice and the glutinous wheat into a rice cooker. 
  • Pour 2 cups of water and add salt and sake. 
  • Place the chestnuts over the rice. 
  • Close the rice cooker lid and set the rice cooker, following the rice cooker instructions. 
  • When it is cooked, stir gently. Try not to break the chestnuts shape. 
  • Serve in a rice bowl and sprinkle black sesame seeds.


I used glutinous wheat, it can be replaced with sweet rice. If you are not able to access either of these, then cook with rice only. 
The reason I add glutinous wheat is for its mochi like texture. 
Cooking time will differ depending on rice cooker.  


Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 33.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3.3mg