Sweet Red Bean Soup

sweet red bean soup
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  • Total: 91 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 3 servings (2 1/2 cups)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
311 Calories
7g Fat
55g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 servings (2 1/2 cups)
Amount per serving
Calories 311
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Protein 11g
Calcium 129mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This sweet dessert soup is made with red azuki beans, a warming yang food. This is an extremely popular dish in Asia.


  • 1/2 cup azuki (adzuki) beans
  • 1 tablespoon glutinous rice
  • 1 large piece dried tangerine peel (about 3 inches)
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, crushed

Steps to Make It

  1. Soak the beans and rice overnight in an ample amount of water (3 cups is usually sufficient).

  2. In a 3-quart saucepan, bring 4 cups water with the glutinous rice, azuki beans, and dried tangerine peel to boil (If you use fresh citrus peel instead of the dried peel, the orange flavor will be stronger.)

  3. Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for about 1 1/4 hours, until the beans are visible with the water just covering them, and tender when pierced with a fork.

  4. Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Start with 1/4 cup and add 1 or 2 more tablespoons as desired.

  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and cool. Remove the tangerine peel. While the soup is cooling, crush the peanuts.

  6. Pour the soup into the blender. Use the liquefy setting to liquefy for 1 to 2 minutes, until the azuki beans are thoroughly blended.

  7. Chill until ready to serve. Just before serving, garnish with the crushed peanuts.