Adzuki beams are red, small dry beans usually used in cooking Chinese and Japanese dishes. Since these are small beans, it is quickly cooked than the other known beans. Also, it does not cause too much gas as others would. It can be eaten in plain or with sticky rice to pair. If you need it, you can even produce red-bean paste by grounding it with the sugar. But, before you can do that, you have to know how to cook adzuki beans first.
Preparing of the Needed Ingredients
You will need 4 cups of dried adzuki beans. The following ingredients are optional. It is your choice to include all or some or just have the dried adzuki beans cooked plainly. These ingredients are 4 slices of bacon, 1 teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of ground black pepper, a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of chili powder. And, lastly, you will need water to cook adzuki beans. This can make 8-10 servings, more than enough to feed the entire family.
The Cooking Process
1. The first thing to do is to soak the adzuki beans. Get a large stockpot and fill it with water. Soak the beans for 1-2 hours at room temperature. It is recommended for most dried beans to be soaked before cooking. This will soften the beans and remove water-soluble components, which are the ones that lead to an upset stomach.
Take note that even if soaking is skipped, you will still be safe from adverse reactions. The process of soaking is just made to make digesting easier. Soaking also does not have to be done in just up to 2 hours. You can soak it overnight as well if you prefer.
2. After soaking, replace the water the beans are soaked in. Use a colander to make sure that beans will not flow with the water. Rinse it for several times by getting it under running water. Once done, fill it up with new water, and make sure that it is about 2 inches from the beans. Use cold water in filling it so that it is cooked evenly.
3. To add flavor, you can include bacon. Adding of the optional ingredients is done at this point. The bacon should be an inch thick. By adding this optional ingredient, you get to enjoy smoky and salty adzuki beans. Eating the bean with this flavor makes it tastier alone.
4. Boil the pot containing the beans is the next step on how to cook adzuki beans. Just cover the pot and set the burner to high heat.
5. Let the pot of beans simmer until it becomes tender. Set the heat to medium once the pot of beans boil. Let it simmer. Pierce the beans using a fork to ensure its tenderness.
Once the beans are tender enough, you can now choose to add your preferred seasonings. If you don’t, you can serve the beans already and enjoy how it tastes. Just do not forget to drain it. It is the simplest bean recipe you can do, so it would not take much of your effort.