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I grew up eating beans as desserts, and they remain my favorite kind of sweets to this day. Adzuki and mung beans were always served as soups, or made into a sweet paste and stuffed into mochi (daifuku), pancake batter (taiyaki), or a flaky pastry (hopia). Soybeans were made into soy milk, and turned into a savory soybean soup (doujiang) or a sweet tofu pudding (douhua). One of my favorite desserts of all time is shaved ice (baobing) with as many toppings possible, including adzuki beans, mung beans, kidney beans, tofu pudding, boba, and a scoop of red bean ice cream, which are all then drizzled with condensed milk.
This is a simple but tasty recipe that goes back a few generations on my mom's side of the family. It's one of my favorites in wintertime. In honor of Dad, who liked the cornbread more than he did the beans, I added a bonus recipe for Tennessee Corn Pone, which you can make with the leftover beans when you're bored with eating them on their own! (The beans should be juicy.)
As a vegetarian, beans are a major part of my diet. When I got a dutch oven as a gift last year, I looked for different ways to use it. Discovering that I could cook dried beans in the oven without pre-soaking was a revelation! They're so much tastier than canned, and it's so easy. Beans rule!
Rajma is a rich, hearty, spicy, tangy quintessentially Indian Red Kidney bean recipe that is typically eaten with rice. The base is onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chilies. It is slow cooked with spices like cinnamon, cloves, black pepper and cumin till the aroma wafts through the air and the beans are smooth and tender. It is perfect with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of chopped onions.
Created and submitted for the "Beans Around the World" contest, under the "It's BEAN in the Family for Generations" sub-category, this chili recipe is one of my go-to staples. It's a slightly-adapted version of a recipe from my grandma and is wonderfully simple. If you try it out just be sure to add generous spices (cumin, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and oregano) if you aren't using a taco seasoning spice blend (and maybe add some extra even if you are).
An ancient Japanese beauty ritual is to use roasted ground adzuki beans to exfoliate and polish the face. Just beans and water is all you need! This entry is enspired by the Beans Around the World Contest with tdac and the US Dried Bean Council. It’s a recipe, but not one for eating;)
Happy tummy, healthy body!
No matter how old are you, beans always been so good. Also, there are so many choices of beantastic must try dishes in the world. Let's eat 3 cups of tasty beans every week for our happy healthy life. Enjoy!
I've always thought bean seeds were incredibly beautiful - both the shape and the amazing colours. But I didn't realise how many different variations there were until I started gathering reference. Some of them are miniature works of art. And they taste great too!