’Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste) is the most popular ‘An’ (Bean Paste). Canned Tsubu-an, that contains a lot of sugar and additives, is available from most Japanese or Asian grocery stores, but they are pricey. Tsubu-an is very easy to make. If you have never made it by yourself, try it just once. You will never wish to buy it again.
1 cup (*200g) Dry Azuki Beans (Red Beans)
1 cup Sugar
1 pinch of Salt
- 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.
- *Note: Soaking the beans in water overnight saves cooking time, but not neccesary.
- 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.
- Place the beans back into the saucepan, add Sugar and a pinch Salt, and cook and mash slightly until it gets the texture. If you like it sweeter, add more Sugar.
- *Note: Using Canned Azuki Beans, it would be even easier to make. Find the recipe here.