Australian Adzuki Beans
If you’ve ever had red bean ice cream at a Japanese restaurant, you’ve eaten adzuki beans. Also called azuki beans, they are russet-coloured with a strong, nutty, sweet flavour. They’re common in Japanese cooking. The cooked beans are healthy additions to salads, veggie burgers and dips.
The beans must be cooked prior to eating. Soak 1/2 cup of beans overnight in ample water. Drain and simmer in 2 cups of water for 40 minutes to an hour. Alternatively, pressure-cook the soaked beans in 2 cups of water for 5-9 minutes at high pressure. If you don’t have time to soak the beans, pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked they can be used as in salads, mashed and used as a flour replacement great for cooking pancakes, brownies and many Asian sweets. Cooked beans can store up to 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer.