Cooking with Red Beans
This entry was posted on August 1, 2011.
Red Beans are one of the most common dessert ingredients across Asia. They're pretty healthy, they taste great, and they're not very expensive. This makes them an easily accessible dessert enjoyed by many people across various social and economic classes.
Red beans are traditionally turned into a Sweetened Paste. People do this by boiling the beans with various sugars or herbs to enhance the taste. Then they take the boiled beans and mash them down into a paste. The beans are sort of sweet by themselves, but by adding your own tasty ingredients you can really make the flavor of these beans shine.
Once the beans have been boiled and mashed, they're ready for a thousand different recipes. The paste can be used to go inside a Mochi Ball, or some Sweet Bread, or it can be used as a spread on Pastry Items. It can be used to flavor ice cream, or some Agar-Agar, which is sort of like Japanese jello. Or you can even use it to make various soups.
You may also notice that red beans are referred to as either Azuki (also spelled adzuki), or ogura. Azuki and ogura are similar, but they're not the same. Ogura generally refers to the beans after they've been mashed and sweetened. Azuki usually refers to beans that haven't undergone this process.
The beans are high in fiber, soluble fiber, protein, iron, and complex carbohydrates. This makes them a very important food item because they help with energy, blood health, digestion health, and muscle health. Try some of our Recipes, and experiment with this wonderful ingredient yourself.