Vegetable Donburi Over Seasoned Rice

Donburi (dohn-boo-ree) is "fast food" in Japan--boiled rice topped with broth and either vegetables, meat, fish, or eggs. Our version combines shiitake mushroom caps, carrots, and green onions, and is flavored with Asian seasonings and miso, a slightly sweet paste made from ground soybeans. You can find miso in most large supermarkets, Asian markets, or health-food stores.

Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 315
  • Calories from fat: 6%
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 8.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 64.4g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Iron: 4.4mg
  • Sodium: 869mg
  • Calcium: 33mg

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked sushi rice or other short-grain rice
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons miso (soybean paste)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 1 pound mushrooms)
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 3/4 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg

Preparation

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand.
  2. Bring 2 cups water and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in miso, soy sauce, and sugar. Add mushrooms, ginger, and garlic; reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in carrot and onions; cook 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg whites and egg in a small bowl. Gently pour egg mixture into broth mixture (do not stir); cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; gently stir.
  4. Spoon 1 cup of rice into each of 6 large soup bowls. Ladle 1 cup of the broth mixture evenly over rice.
  5. Note: Sushi rice, a sticky rice that's available in many large supermarkets, holds together well when topped with vegetables and broth. But any rice will work in this dish.
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