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Jul 3, 2018

Homemade baked beans alternative


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I am pretty sure that most western people enjoys having beans at breakfast or just about any other time that they need something savory and nutritious. 

The thing is baked beans are what we are accustomed to however it’s not so readily available here and whenever you do find it’sin those ridiculously small cans with just a tablespoon amount for some over the top price. 

After a bit of experimenting I realized that it wasn’t the specific type of beans that’s I liked but rather the way the beans had beenprepared. Hence I started making my own version at home.


A personal favorite of mine is now the very popular Japanese red Azuki beans. It is easy to soak and cook. Rich in nutrients and goes a long way. A 250g pack in most stores is for less than ¥400. 


Preparing the beans

1. I wash and soak the beans overnight. Drain off the water they were soaking in.

2. Top up with fresh water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Turn out flame and allow to sit in the hot water for about 20 mins. 

3. Return to flame, allow to boil again, then turn out flame. Allow to sit for another 10-15 mins. This allows it to cook through without becoming mushy.

( now for the exciting part)


4. Prepare seasonings ( garlic, onion, bell peppers, a tbsp brown sugar, salt and black pepper to taste, a tbsp oil of choice, chopped tomatoes and tomato ketchup)

5. Start with sautéing all the seasonings in the heated oil. Add the brown sugar and cook until dissolved. Add beans with just about 2 tbsp of the cooking water. Turn flame down and allow to simmer and absorb the flavor from the sauce.


That’s it. It takes about an hour from the boiling and resting to making the finished product. 

 

I like beans on toast, sweet potato rounds a top a cauliflower steak..., by itself .... with just about anything!

How do you like your beans?

Candiajia1

Candiajia1

Hi! I’m an educator/stay-at-home mom with an educator husband, a teenage daughter and six months old son. I loooove to cook, gets excited about curries and have a serious weakness for pastry especially cakes! Enjoy being outdoors, reading and sewing.


4 Comments

  • genkidesu

    on Jul 3

    This looks and sounds delicious...I definitely miss beans on toast! Back home they're a staple breakfast or quick meal that many people enjoy. Love that you thought of a way to recreate them here in Japan!

  • helloalissa

    on Jul 3

    I miss beans and Mexican food so much in Japan. I found a recipe to cook sweet black soy beans in a rice cooker and found that's less hands on and saves money on the gas bill over boiling for a long time. This way of cooking doesn't sound bad though. Lentils are great too because they cook so fast.

  • Candiajia1

    on Jul 3

    @helloalissa great use of the rice cooker. As for the black beans I pretty much do the same soaking , boiling and resting and the actual cooking time is about 30 mins in total.

  • Candiajia1

    on Jul 3

    @helloalissa great use of the rice cooker. As for the black beans I pretty much do the same soaking , boiling and resting and the actual cooking time is about 30 mins in total.