adzuki bean ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)