Adzuki Beans, also known as “azuki” or “aduki” beans, are small, crimson red legumes with a mildly sweet flavor and creamy cooked texture.
Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot. Cover with fresh water. Bring water to a boil for 3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 60 to 90 minutes or until tender. This bean produces foam when boiling, so skim the water regularly.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
In many East Asian cultures, the adzuki bean is used extensively in desserts and sweet drinks. This aromatic recipe pairs the sweetened bean with rehydrated dried fruit and cinnamon, making it more approachable for first-time bean dessert eaters.