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Sweet Red Bean Paste

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


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Made from azuki beans, sweet red bean paste is used in Sesame Seed Balls and Sweet Bean Paste Pancakes.

Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours, 30 minutes


  • 2/3 cup dried red beans
  • Water for boiling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying


Wash the beans and throw out any that are damaged. Place the beans in a small to medium-sized saucepan, cover with water and soak overnight. (This helps shorten the cooking time).
  The next day, bring the beans and water to a boil. Simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, until the beans have softened, adding more water as necessary. Drain.
  Process the beans in a blender until smooth. Remove from the blender, and stir in the sugar.
  Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan. Fry the beans on medium-low heat (about 4 on an electric stove) for a few minutes until they are dry, pressing them gently with the back of a spatula to form a paste. Cool and use as called for in the recipe. (Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, homemade sweet red bean paste will last for approximately one week). Yields approximately 1 3/4 cups.

Recipes Using Sweet Red Bean Paste:
Red Bean Paste Pancakes
Sesame Seed Balls
Sweet Red Bean Paste Recipe Copyright ©2003 by Rhonda Parkinson. All rights reserved.
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 5 out of 5
Perfect!, Member mooncakes1

This is the perfect bean paste recipe for the Sesame seed balls on the previous page. Though the paste is a very lengthy part of the pastry if you soak the beans long enough and cook them right the process can be shortened by a good couple of hours! The first time I made it my sister and I didnt soak the beans or anything. We just threw them in the blender with a bunch of warm water. XD haha! It was one in the morning give us a break! Anywho eventually they came out and by 4AM we had really good sesame seed balls. The paste came out smooth, sweet and moist. We have gotten better at it and last time we made them for the 3rd time it only took a few minutes after we soaked and cook the beans right. I highly suggest this recipe for the sesame seed balls. Have fun!

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