(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water

by | Oct 8, 2010 | Confinement Soups, Postpartum Soups, Vegetarian | 10 comments

Soup Name:

(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water – sometimes called Teas

Traditional Chinese Name:

黑豆姜水 (Hēi dòu jiāng shuǐ)

This tea is very warming in nature and slightly sweet to taste.

 

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This is a traditional confinement drink that is said to help reduce “wind” in the body and “warm” it up to help with the healing process after giving birth. These are common ingredients found in various confinement soups, teas and recipes (especially ginger). Some people make a large batch of the black bean and ginger mixture and steep it like teas for drinking everyday throughout their confinement.

For more information on what confinement is and the Chinese ingredients associated with confinement, please see our Confinement Soups page.

Ginger is to drive away the wind from the body and heal and warm.  I prefer to use ginger juice, but some will also use ginger flesh and the skin.  This is a key ingredient to this tea.  You can add as little or as much ginger as you like depending on how spicy you’d like it.

Black beans help dispel water from the body, but also activates blood circulation and detoxification.  They are naturally sweet and when pan fried, are warmed and compliment the heaty tea needed for confinement.

Rice in Traditional Chinese Medicine is used to strengthen the qi and blood.  Interestingly enough, the word qi (in Traditional Chinese) is derived from the words air and rice.  Rice holds significant meaning in this regard and is used as one of the key recipes for this tea!

You can optionally add some rock sugar for taste.

 

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Serves: 4 cups of tea

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon of oil

  • 2 tablespoons of ginger juice, pulp optional

  • 1 cup of black beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup of white rice, rinsed

  • 1/2 cup of water, to cook rice

  • optional rock sugar
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a frying pan, heat up oil on medium heat.
  2. When oil is hot, add black beans, white rice and ginger juice and cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water and continue to stir and mixture until all the water evaporates.  Be sure to adjust the heat accordingly to prevent burning.
  4. Once mixture is dry and golden brown (see picture below) and cooked, set aside and cool.
  5. In a cup, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture and add hot water to it.  Steep for 10 minutes and drink hot.
Any benefits?
  • Effective drink in removing “wind” from the body
  • Helps warm the body
  • Assists in helping those in confinement get lots of fluid into the body and to help flush the system
  • Also helps to improve water levels in the body (especially for those mothers who are breastfeeding)

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