If you like ‘Edamame’, you would like these soy beans. They are ‘Roasted Soy Beans’. Toasted or roasted soy beans are the essential food for a seasonal even called ‘Setsubun’ in Japan. February 3rd, which is the eve of the first day of spring, people in Japan scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their homes, shouting “Fortune in. Devils out.”
They are absolutely healthy nibbles with full nutrients and benefits of soy beans, because they are 100% soy beans! They can be added to your salad or soup. Dried soy beans are much cheaper than ‘Edamame’ and available from many Asian grocers and health food shops.
Dried Soy Beans
Wash Soy Beans and place them in a large bowl and cover with water. The beans will expand to over double their size, so make sure you cover with plenty of water. Soak overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours.
Drain the beans, and spread on paper towel to dry. If you want to add Salt, add it at this stage.
You don’t have to completely dry the beans. Place them on a baking tray, spread them evenly, and bake at 160 to 170℃ for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. *Note: The texture will harden when they are cold.
Baking time depends on the size of the beans and your preference. I like absolutely crispy ones, but some people like crunchy or chewy texture.
Alternatively you can toast the beans using a frying pan.