Azuki (Red Beans)

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Strawberry Daifuku Mochi

    ‘Daifuku Mochi’, or Daifuku, is a Japanese sweet consisting of a small round glutinous rice cake stuffed with sweet Azuki paste. There are many variations these days, and this ‘Strawberry Daifuku Mochi’ is probably the most popular one. I wouldn’t try to make it if I were in Japan. However, here in Melbourne where I …

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    Tsubu-an From Canned Azuki

    Since the discovery of Canned Azuki Beans at a local supermarket, my ‘Tsubu-an’ making has become very easy. Sweet Azuki Paste is available from Asian Grocery stores but they are quite pricey. Canned Azuki Beans are cheap. From 1 can, you can make about 1 cupful of Sweet Azuki Paste easily and quickly. Makes About …

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    Sweet Azuki & Barley Soup

    On the other day, I cooked Azuki and Barley together, trying to create Barley version of ‘Sekihan’ Azuki Rice. I didn’t like the result because it was unexpectedly SWEET even though I added only Salt. Then I remembered a Japanese dessert made with Azuki and Pearl Barley. It’s a variation of Zenzai (Sweet Azuki Soup). …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Cold Sweets

    Azuki Milk Agar Jelly

    Cold jelly sweets are very popular during the hot and humid summer in Japan. I like any kind of jelly sweets, but my favourite is Azuki Kanten Jelly ‘Mizu-Yōkan’. A variety of Azuki jelly sweets are available from shops over there, but, here in Melbourne, I have to make them if I want to eat …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Cold Sweets

    Azuki Milk Ice

    I have a super easy ‘Azuki Ice Cream’ recipe and it can be made with two ingredients, Tsubu-an (Sweet Azuki Paste) and whipped Cream. Because some people find it too rich, I have made a lighter version. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup Milk1 to 2 tablespoons Sugar *OR Condensed Milk2 teaspoons Corn Starch Flour1/2 …

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    Cinnamon Mochi

    If you have been to Kyoto, Japan, you might have tasted this famous sweet. To make this sweet, Japanese rice flours ‘Shiratamako’ and ‘Joshinko’ are commonly used, but they are very difficult to find where I live. I use commonly available Glutenous Rice Flour and Rice Flour. You can make this sweet using Glutinous Rice …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Zenzai (Sweet Azuki Soup)

    For those who love sweet Azuki (Red Bean) paste, which is a very popular ingredient for many sweets, I introduce a traditional Japanese sweet, ‘Zenzai’. In the region I grew up, ‘Zenzai’ is a sweet Azuki soup, often served with toasted Mochi (Rice Cake). Its smooth version made with ‘Koshi-an’ is called ‘Shiruko’, and I …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Dough Sweets

    Sweet ‘Oyaki’

    ‘Oyaki’ is a sort of dumpling similar to ‘Gyoza’ made from wheat flour (or buckwheat flour) dough wrapped around a stuffing that is most commonly vegetables, then cooked on a pan. This time, I made Sweet ‘Oyaki’. The filling for Sweet ‘Oyaki’ can be mashed Pumpkin or Sweet Potato, dried fruit and nuts, or sweetened …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Matcha

    Matcha Dorayaki

    ‘Dorayaki’ is a Japanese sweet of two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling of Sweet Azuki (Red Bean) Paste. Add Matcha Powder to the batter to make this delicious ‘Matcha Dorayaki’. Azuki Paste goes well with Cream and Butter. Today I filled Azuki Paste and Butter Cream. Makes 6 to 8 Dorayaki Ingredients 1 cup …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Bread Sweets

    Azuki & Cream Brioche

    Store-bought ‘Tsubu-an’, sweet Azuki paste, is too sweet for me. I make the Azuki paste at home because it is easy to make and tastes better. With the home made Azuki paste, I tend to make ‘Dorayaki’, but today I made these delicious sweet rolls. Simply fill Brioche Rolls with Azuki paste and whipped cream. …

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