beans

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Beans & Peas Takikomigohan

    ‘Sekihan’ Azuki Rice

    This dish is traditionally prepared to celebrate special occasions in Japan, because of its red colour which is symbolic of happiness. The dish is called ‘Sekihan’ (Red Rice) in Japan and it is steamed ‘Mochi-gome’ (Short Grain Glutinous Rice) with ‘Sasage Beans’ that are very similar Azuki Beans. These days more people conveniently cook it …

  • Prawn & Shrimp Tofu & Soy Protein

    Prawn & Edamame Tofu Balls

    There is a vegetarian food called ‘Ganmodoki’ which means ‘mock wild-goose meat’. It’s a fried tofu fritter made with vegetables and sesame seeds. This ‘Tofu Balls’ is not vegetarian food as I used prawns and egg but very similarr to ‘Ganmodoki’. Firm Tofu is recommended as it is quite dry. If you use Momen tofu …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Okra & Natto

    This ‘Okra & Natto’ is very popular in Japan. The slimy Okra mixed with slimy Natto makes it more slimy and it can be eaten as it is, but it’s a great topping for Rice, Noodle and Tofu as shown below. My mother used raw Okra, but I like Okra slightly cooked. Makes 2 to …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Colourful Black Bean Salad

    My family eat more beans and less meat these days. I often make bean salads and this is one of my favourites. I tried some different beans for this salad and I think Black Beans work best. When combined with colourful vegetables, the black colour of beans is quite striking. This salad is also nice …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Beans & Peas Sweets

    Cocoa Butter Beans Roll Cake

    I love the chocolate flavoured butter bean paste that I made for Chocolate Truffles. So I used the paste as filling for this Roll Cake for my health-conscious daughter. You wouldn’t know the filling is canned butter beans. It’s absolutely delicious! Cake Tin Swiss Roll Pan *Large Square Cake Tin can be used Ingredients Sponge4 …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Beans Chocolate Truffles

    Shiro-an made from tinned Butter Beans is a very versatile ingredient for sweets. This Chocolate Truffle recipe is dairy-free and oil-free. You would hardly believe it’s Butter Beans! Add nuts and dry fruit that you like and make your own recipe. Makes 20 balls Ingredients Canned Butter Beans 200g *rinsed and drained well*You get about …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Chestnut Manjū

    ‘Manjū’ is one of traditional Japanese sweets.  There are many different types of ‘Manjū’. Every region seems to have its own local specialty ‘Manjū’. My home town has its own popular ‘Manjū’ and I miss it.  It is quite a challenge to make Japanese sweets in Australia because the ingredients are hard to find. This …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Shiro-an

    I have never wished to make ‘Shiro-an (White Bean Paste) in Japan. It was something I should buy from sweet shops. But here in Australia, if I want to eat it, I have to make it using substitute beans as the Japanese White Beans are not available here. This method is the easiest way to …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Four Beans Salad

    This is my favourite salad and it’s ‘Super Easy’ to make. I sometimes feel craving for it. That’s why I always stock some tins of four beans in my pantry. Other essential ingredients are fresh crunchy Carrot and Cucumber, and Japanese Mayonnaise. This can be a great side dish, but it also can be a …

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Hijiki & Soy Beans Nimono

    This is probably one of the very traditional home-style dishes that most mothers cook. My family recipe is always meat-free but you may wish to add chicken to this dish. This can be mixed with freshly cooked rice to make “Hijiki Mazegohan’ which is also popular. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Dried Hijiki 20 to 25gCooked …

  • Mazegohan

    Edamame Rice

    One of my favourite rice dishes is ‘Green Peas Rice’ which can be enjoyed only in the season when I can get fresh peas just removed from pods. This ‘Edamame Rice’ used to be an alternative dish to me because Frozen Edamame are available any time, but now it is my another favourite rice dish. …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Koshi-an

    You can make light & smooth Koshi-an very easily by using Powdered Azuki Beans. But Powdered Azuki Beans is very hard to find in Australia. Making it from dry Azuki Beans from scratch is very demanding hard work. So here is the very easy method to make Koshi-an using food processor. Makes About 400g Ingredients …

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