azuki bean

Adzuki 팥 (pat)

Small and red with a sweet flavor and soft texture, azuki, or adzuki, beans are used widely in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking. They can accompany savory steamed rice dishes, or they can be boiled, mashed and sweetened for use as red bean paste(recipe), which is used in desserts ranging from puddings and pastries to shaved ice. The red beans are said to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits when scattered about the house at New Year. To prepare dried beans, soak overnight, bring to a boil and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Store dried beans in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

Source: Culinary Café�

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