Anko Recipe: How to Make Japan's Essential Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste
Here's a recipe for "anko". Anko is the sweet red bean paste you'll need to make a wide variety of Japanese traditional desserts. It's quite easy to make and requires just two ingredients: sugar and adzuki beans. Here's how it's done!
200 g of dried adzuki beans (adzuki beans are also known as red mung beans in English).
200 g of sugar
You'll also need a strainer and a pot.
Step 2: Drain all the water with the strainer and then place the beans back into the pot and add new water. Boil for another 40 minutes, making sure from time to time that there is enough water remaining in the pot. Add some if you see the level is getting low.
Step 3: Once the beans have become soft, drain some water to the point where the water just covers the beans (about what you see in the picture above).
Step 4: Put on low heat and add about have half of the sugar, stir until it has dissolved and finally add the other half.
Step 5: Simmer down until you get your desired consistency.
There you have it! Your very own home-made anko.
the adzuki beans a first time. Add a good amount of water so that the beans are covered by a water column a least three times the height of the beans resting at the bottom of the pot. The beans will absorb the water and gain a lot of volume, so it's important to have a lot of water.
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