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(Confinement) Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water

Submitted by on October 8, 2010 – 9:17 pm10 Comments | 27,908 views

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

Traditional Chinese Name: 黑豆姜水 (Hēi dòu jiāng shuǐ)


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.


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

1 cup of boiling hot water

How do I prepare it

  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)

Any precautions?

  • The “heatiness” of this drink may be too much for some people (especially those with naturally “colder” bodies), so start slow with the ginger if you’re uncertain
  • The more ginger you add, the spicier this drink gets.  It is far subtler if you use just the ginger juice.

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  • foodbin says:

    i remembered this tea-the confinement lady would boiled and filled it in a flask for my wife to drink.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi I would like to ask that I only add in the white rice together with the rest for frying after i have cooked the rice or? Just to make sure haha. 🙂

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Jessica, yes add all the ingredients together once the oil is hot and gently stir. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • fionn says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Can i continue to drink this tea after my milk came in, during the whole confinement together with other soup consume? Will it be too much?
    Thanks – fionn

  • LadyTong says:

    Hi Fionn, you can stop this after the first 2-3 days, but there’s no harm of drinking this throughout the whole confinement either. I would probably move to soups that have more nutritional value (ie: with vegetables and/or meat) and consider this Black Bean, Rice & Ginger like “water”. Hope this helps – congratulations! Lisa

  • Fionn says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for your reply & valuable advice!
    My EDD is coming end-may, provided no early surprise! *finger crossed*
    Stumble upon your website while looking for information on confinement food because I am comtemplating to DIY my confinement, with my mum’s help of course. 🙂
    I find your receipe wholesome and easy to follow, not forgeting valuable advices along with it.
    Thank you for sharing!! – Fionn

  • Pamela says:

    I would like to make this but I’m not sure if I still can. I had my daughter 2 months ago and I’m exclusively breastfeeding her. Can I still drink it? And if do, how often? And for how long? Thanks.

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Pamela,

    According to Chinese confinement rules, the window of opportunity in which to “heal” the body is 30 days. This particular drink is usually drank in the first few days of confinement. But it doesn’t hurt to drink it, as it’s a “warm” drink and dispels wind, so either you or your baby may be just passing lots of gas (that’s the effect of the ginger). Actually, if you’re breastfeeding, why not consider vegetable soups? That way, your baby will also get all the nutrients of the vegetables? Hope this helps and do let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks! Lisa

  • Adriana says:

    I would like to make this for a friend. How long would I cook the rice/bean mixture? Because it is only cooked with a 1/2 cup water, I imagine it may be enough time to cook the rice but not enough to cook the beans — 15-20 mins? Thank you in advance!

  • Kays says:

    Hi, should the rice cooked before frying or use uncooked rice to fry? Thanks

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  • […] Black Bean, Rice and Ginger Water – For example, while I was still at the hospital (the day of delivery), I started to drink an almost tasteless concoction made of water with boiled black beans, rice and ginger.   This drink is said to help reduce “wind” in the body and “warm” it up to help with the healing process after giving birth.  Instead of drinking water, whenever I felt thirsty, I was encouraged to drink this for the first week after delivery.   After my milk came in, we stopped drinking this and focused on fish and chicken soups instead. […]

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