’Tsubu-an’ is the most popular ‘An’ (bean Paste) and the canned ready-made Tsubu-an that contains a lot of sugar and additives is available from most Japanese or Asian grocery stores. But it is so easy to make! If you have never made it by yourself, try it just once. You will never wish to buy the ready-made one again!


About 700g


Azuki Beans (Red Beans) 350g
Sugar 1 Cup
A pinch of Salt


1. Place Azuki beans in a large saucepan or a pot and cover them with a plenty of water, and cook until the beans are swollen and plump. Darin the water.
*Saoking the beans in water overnight saves cooking time.
2. Place the beans back into the saucepan and cover them with plenty of water again and cook until the beans are very tender. Drain the water.
3. Place the beans back into the saucepan, add Sugar and pinch of Salt, and cook and mash until it gets the texture. If you like it sweeter, add more Sugar.