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adzuki bean ideas

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I bought some. They are soaking. I believe that tomorrow I am going to cook them smoky-hot with chipotle en adobo, I think, and some chile and cumin (based on a D Madison Smoky-Hot Anasazi Bean recipe) and I think I'll toss in some coconut milk at the end, maybe.

But I'd like other ideas. I know how to prepare pintos, black beans, garbanzos, etc but I've never worked with adzukis and I notice people on other threads referring to them as "sweet adzukis." Hmmmm. I would like some tips, should anyone be in the mood to offer ideas.

Thanks, hounds!

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  1. Honestly when I saw adzuki beans in your title I thought cupcakes.

    Cupcake Bakeshop is no more, but she made some cupcakes filled with it and they looked fantastic:
    http://cupcakeblog.com/index.php/2007...

    Check it out and see what you think.

    1. When I was living in Japan I lived on rice balls that simply contained adzuki beans and black sesame seeds. They filled me up and I have since recreated the snack with much success.

      1. We pressure cook adzukis with brown rice to eat with stir fry.

        1. You can make a sweet dessert soup with them that is cooling in the summer. In the winter, it's great heated w/ mochi balls. I also love freezing the soup and making popsicles. Depending on the version, you can add coconut milk but I don't. Or orange peel but I'm a purist and like it plain.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oshiruko

          There's adzubi bean paste, too, which is used in dessert (though I like to eat it by itself). You can stuff puff pastry, home made dough (flaky is great), layer in pancakes, use in mochi balls.

          http://chinesefood.about.com/od/desse...

          1. I put soaked adzukis in my rice cooker w/ brown rice.

            I also make red bean soup w/ tangerine peel (it's slightly sweet porridge)