Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Any Azuki Bean Fans Out There?

They're beautiful and so tasty... Today I'm making the Japanese dessert Anko (very easy). Anko lovers can also head for Yamazaki (chaussée de la Muette, in the 16th arrondissement), a Japanese & French pastry shop in Paris.


Anonymous said...

What is azuki bean? Looks like red beans to me.

Mary-Laure said...

Well, they're a bit different from regular red beans. They have a white ridge that I don't think red beans have -if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll actually see the white part. They're also pretty small, and grown in Asia. You'll find them at natural food stores.

marie said...

miam! can i have the recipe?

Mary-Laure said...

Here is the recipe (it's super super easy)
Soak 1 cup azuki beans in water overnight.
Heat the beans in a pan and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Put the beans in the pan again and cover with water.
Heat and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to low and simmer until softened.
Drain and add sugar to taste (I use 1/4 cup).
Stir and simmer beans until thickened.
Eat hot!

marie said...

ooh merci! ill have to go buy some and try it!

Jo said...

I just discovered azuki beans recently and was excited to do so! With my delicate little tummy, this is the only protein I can handle. It's the most digestible bean in the world! I can't wait to try this recipe.

bittycakes said...

i love anko, yummy! thanks for reminding me of it-- it's something i haven't had since living in japan several years ago.

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