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Treasure Chestnuts


Inspired by the Japanese kuri gohan, the beauty of this side dish is its simplicity, highlighting the seasonal delight that is freshly roasted chestnuts. Harmonizing with the naturally nutty flavor of brown rice, those toothsome grains cling to each tender morsel for an incredibly satisfying bite. Though chestnuts are sadly hard to come by when winter ends, you’ll find yourself craving this combination all year long.

Chestnut Rice

2 Cups Short Grain Brown Rice
2 1/2 Cups Water
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Roughly Chopped, Roasted and Shelled Chestnuts (About 20)
2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Toasted Black Sesame Seeds

My favorite way to prepare this dish is in an electric pressure cooker since it’s so crazy fast, but it can just as easily be made on the stove top. If working with a pressure cooker, simply toss in the rice, water, salt, chopped chestnuts, and butter or oil. Lock in the lid and set it to 20 minutes on high pressure. Once that time has elapsed, quick release by opening up the valve to immediately discharge the built up pressure. Stand back and cover with a dish towel to prevent any spray or steam burns. Let the rice stand for 5 more minutes before uncovering.

For stove top prep, combine the water, salt, and butter or oil in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the rice and chestnuts, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 45 to 50 minutes, until the liquid has fully absorbed. Let stand for 5 more minutes.

Top with sesame seeds right before serving.

Makes 4 Servings as a Side Dish

Printable Recipe


Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

13 thoughts on “Treasure Chestnuts

  1. Beautiful rice dish ! Nice idea to use chest nuts in here !!

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  3. Steve and I just finished binge watching Kantaro on Netflix. It’s a Japanese show about Japanese sweets and it reignited my need for chestnuts. Perfectly placed recipe Ms Hannah ;)

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  4. I haven’t been a huge fan of chestnuts (haven’t really had them often or even recently), but perhaps I should give them another try.


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  5. I am very excited about this recipe! I have been seeing chestnuts in the store and have had an inkling to use them, but no idea how or for what…until now!

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  6. I love roast chestnuts, and have not eaten them like this before Hannah Thank you for that recipe, looks Good :-) Happy New Year my friend.. :-) xxx

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  7. Thanks for this great idea to make chestnut rice in a pressure cooker. I haven’t thought of this way, such a clever way to save time. :)

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  8. I use chestnuts too seldom. This sounds good, so will give it a try:)

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  9. This sounds comforting and delicious, but every time I see ‘roasted chestnuts’ in a recipe I remember the time my mother tried to cook chestnuts in a pot on the stove, and didn’t know about cutting a little x into each one to let the steam escape. It wasn’t long before they began exploding like gunfire, and we, not realizing at first what was happening, ran for cover under the table.

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  10. Yum! This is an ultimate snack and a great healthy choice, Hannah! Thanks for the idea! ;)

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  11. This looks so simple and delicious, I am a fan of just about any rice dish. Thanks!

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  12. Chestnuts always remind me of September when we prepare chestnut desserts here in Croatia, have to give this rice a try!


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