Red Bean Black Sesame Seed Porridge

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH

Black sesame and red bean make a delicious, nutritious porridgeBlack sesame seeds are good at nourishing the liver and kidney, anti-aging effect; improve hair growth and hair color. In a comprehensive writings in the history of Traditional Chinese medicine, we find the use of black sesame seeds as follows: “Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years.”


  • ¾ cup red beans – soaked over night
  • ½ cup brown rice – soaked overnight
  • ¾ cup black sesame seeds, toasted
  • Brown Sugar


  1. Drained the red beans and brown rice.
  2. In a non-stick pan, stir fry black sesame in medium heat until fragrant / done.
  3. In large pot, put in drained red beans, brown rice, brown sugar and enough water to cook. Cook in high heat until done. Check the water level every 15 minutes.
  4. When ready to serve, add in cooked sesame seeds to porridge.

Serves 2

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